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Sacramento County Woman Sentenced to 3 years for Tax Evasion and Embezzlement Scheme

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For Immediate Release

01.03.2014

Sacramento –An Elk Grove Woman was sentenced to 3 years in state prison for grand theft with a white collar crime enhancement, forgery, and filing a false state income tax return, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Rosa Contreras, 45, was formerly employed as the office manager for a Sacramento County dermatologist. Between 2007 -2010, Contreras abused her position of trust and embezzled more than $182,000 through forged checks, which she then deposited into her personal bank accounts.

Contreras also failed to claim this illegal income on her state income tax returns for the same years. All income is subject to taxation including income from illegal sources.

Contreras was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $256,000 to her former employer representing the amount of the embezzlement plus fees, penalties, and interest.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White handed down the sentence Thursday, Jan. 2, in Department 8 of the Sacramento County Superior Court. Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Ron Linthicum prosecuted the case.

Anyone who has knowledge of tax fraud may call the FTB informant hotline at 1-800-540-3453.

FTB’s criminal investigation program identifies and investigates cases of tax evasion and tax fraud to encourage compliance with California income tax laws and maintain the public trust.

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