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June 30, 2014

Woman sentenced for her role in trying to hide cash

JOHNSTOWN — A 70-year-old grandmother, who was described as having a “mentally taxing life” by her attorney, was sentenced Monday in Johnstown Federal Court to one-year probation for the role she played in attempting to hide nearly $400,000 from its owners and the IRS.

The sentencing of Linda Reed, 70, brings to a close an incredible federal court case in which an Ebensburg man found $390,544 in cash stuffed into coffee cans inside an old garage he was cleaning out.

David Lamer, 47, of the 100 block of Tanner Street, was sentenced in September to 21 months to three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $126,000 to the IRS.

His wife, Roxanne Lamer, 46, of the same address, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for helping her husband to conceal the find.

Alvin Miller, 60, of the Vintondale area, in October was sentenced to federal probation similar to the Reed sentence.

The story began to unfold in 2007, when Lamer, a truck driver, was hired by the family of an elderly man who ran an automotive repair business for many years in the Ebensburg area.

After finding the money, Lamer, according to court documents, failed to tell the family of his find, then enlisted his wife, Reed and Miller to hide the money.

Reed was given a $100,000 check to pay off the Lamers’ mortgage and deposit the balance in a certificate of deposit for eventual return to the couple, according to court documents.

In addition, from July through October 2007, the IRS alleged that the Lamers wrote Miller a number of checks that he deposited and then returned to the Lamers through checks.

The four defendants entered guilty pleas to various charges in 2013.

Kathy Mellott is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter.com/kathymellotttd.

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