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Man sentenced for impersonating officer

Jack DeMeo, 52, of Hamburg, Erie County, who was convicted of impersonating a federal officer, has been sentenced to one year probation by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

DeMeo, according to Assistant U.S. MaryEllen Kresse, owns Southtown Sports Inc. and in March 2009, he pretended to be a revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service, sending false levy releases to several companies with which Southtown Sports did business.

That same month, the IRS began a collection action against the defendant and his company. The assigned revenue officer issued levies to companies that owed money to Southtown Sports and instructed them to send all payments directly to the IRS. The officer later issued levy releases as to several of the companies.

DeMeo, according to the release, took a legitimate levy release and accompanying letter and altered the documents by removing any reference to the company the paperwork was originally sent. The defendant then faxed the fraudulent levy release and letter to several companies that previously received levies. The defendant told the companies to forward all monies owed to Southtown Sports directly to Southtown Sports, rather than the IRS.