Bakersfield Couple Pleads No Contest to State Income Tax Fraud Charges, Grand Theft
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Sacramento – A Bakersfield couple pleaded no contest to numerous felony counts including state income tax fraud stemming from a fraudulent real estate deal, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.
The couple, Augustine E. Ramirez, 56, aka Agustin Ramirez, and his wife, Maria Z. Ramirez, 54, along with their adult daughter Guadalupe Ramirez, fraudulently purchased five homes in the Bakersfield area between November 2006 and January 2007 by using fraudulent loan applications.
The couple failed to report more than $380,000 in kickback income from the purchase of these homes on their 2006 and 2007 state income tax returns. The couple owes the state more than $57,000 in unpaid taxes. This amount, plus penalties, interest, and the cost of investigation, will be sought as restitution.
The couple was taken into custody with sentencing scheduled for November 9. Augustine faces up to four years in state prison and Maria faces up to six years.
Guadalupe Ramirez pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime with an enhancement for a loss of more than $500,000. Her sentencing is also scheduled for November 9.
Kern County Superior Court Judge Michael Bush accepted the plea Monday in Department 1 of the Metropolitan Division Courthouse. Kern County Deputy District Attorney Gordon Isen is prosecuting the case. This was a joint investigation between the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and FTB.
For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.