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Yountville Couple Sentenced on State Income Tax Charge

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For Immediate Release

08.16.2011

Sacramento — A Yountville man was sentenced to two years in state prison for failing to file his 2007 state income tax return, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

John T. Greerty, 72, is currently serving a prison term on felony charges stemming from a fraudulent real estate deal. The tax charge stems from this sham property sale. Greerty and his wife, Anita E. Greerty, 71, falsified documents in order to sell a piece of bare land they did not own. They received $775,000 from the sale, which they failed to report on their 2007 state income tax return. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

Anita Greerty was sentenced to one day in jail and three years formal probation for a misdemeanor count of failing to file the couple’s 2007 state income tax return.

The Greerty’s owe the state more than $66,000 in unpaid tax. Interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation will be added to this figure and sought as restitution. This hearing is scheduled for September 29 in Department E of the Napa County Superior Court.

Napa County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Boessenecker handed down the sentence at the August 15 proceedings also held in Department E. Napa County Deputy District Attorney Jose Rossi is prosecuting the case.

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.

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

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