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Pomona Physician Sentenced to Prison for Failing to File State Income Tax Returns

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For Immediate Release

04.28.2011

Sacramento – A Pomona man was sentenced to two years in state prison for underreporting $4.2 million in income and failing to file state income tax returns, Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

According to court documents, Federico G. Quevedo, 73, was a medical practitioner, who failed to report Medicare income payments on his 2003 and 2004 state income tax returns. Quevedo was remanded into custody.

Restitution of nearly $625,000 was ordered representing the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation. To date $84,000 of the court-ordered restitution has been paid.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horowitz handed down the sentence Friday, April 22, in Department 50 of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Berger prosecuted the case.

This case stemmed from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Fraud Interdiction Program, which was designed to find a quicker way to convict medical fraud cases. The program’s reasoning is simple – if a suspect is committing medical fraud, they are probably committing tax fraud, too. Unlike fraud and grand theft charges, which can be time consuming to prove and prosecute, tax charges are straightforward as the ill-gotten money is clearly either reported or not reported for tax purposes. All income, including income from illegal sources is taxable.

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

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