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Placer County Couple Arrested on State Income Tax Evasion Charges

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For Immediate Release

04.19.2011

Sacramento – Franchise Tax Board special agents arrested a Roseville couple on four felony counts of state income tax evasion, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

According to FTB special agents, Dino Puma, 48, a real estate broker, and his wife, Jennifer Puma, 43, allegedly failed to file their 2004 - 2007 state income tax returns and report the more than $700,000 income. The couple owes the state more than $44,000 in unpaid tax. Interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation will be added to the total amount sought as restitution.

The case resulted from the Pumas failure to respond to numerous requests they file their delinquent tax returns. Each year FTB contacts nearly one million people who may have a filing requirement, but have not filed a tax return. Most Individuals resolve their cases in the civil process. Taxpayers who do not respond are assessed tax using income records to estimate the amount of state tax due. Some individuals are referred to criminal investigations for prosecution.

Income tax evasion is a felony with a maximum term of up to three years in state prison per count.

The couple was booked into the Placer County Main Jail on Friday, April 15 and is currently free on $50,000 bail each. Their arraignment is scheduled for May 3 in the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville.

The California Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting this case.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.

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