Burbank Pair Surrender on Charges of State Income Tax Fraud
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Sacramento –A Burbank pair surrendered to authorities Wednesday, April 20, on numerous felony counts of personal and corporate state income tax fraud, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.
According to FTB special agents, David Gabrielyan, 41, and Sona Undzhyan, 37, of Burbank, came to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force’s (HALT) attention through a case of identity theft. This investigation revealed the pair allegedly did not report all the Medicare income they earned.
The couple, who were married during the years under investigation, allegedly filed fraudulent 2004 and 2005 married filing separate personal income tax returns and failed to report income of more than $450,000. In addition, Gabrielyan owns Global Meditrade Co., Inc., which allegedly filed a false 2005 corporate tax return. As a result, Gabrielyan, Undzhyan, and Global Meditrade Co., Inc., owe the state more than $75,600 in unpaid personal and corporate tax. Total restitution of more than $175,000 will be sought representing the unpaid tax, interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation.
This is a joint investigation with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; HALT; and FTB.
Their next court date is scheduled for May 12, 2011, in Division 30 of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.
For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.