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Stockton Surgeon Arrested on State Income Tax Charges

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Sacramento – A Valley Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning on five felony charges of state income tax evasion and four felony charges tax fraud, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Dr. Timothy J. Sloan, 64, is a licensed physician specializing in heart surgery. According to FTB agents, Sloan allegedly failed to file his 2006 – 2010 state income tax returns to claim the more than $1.2 million in income he earned during this time. After the investigation began, he filed the missing returns, but allegedly underreported his income. Sloan owes the state more than $74,000 in unpaid tax.

Each felony tax count carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.

Sloan failed to respond to numerous FTB requests demanding he file and pay his delinquent tax liabilities. Every year FTB contacts about one million individuals who earned California income, but did not file a return. FTB compares its records of filed tax returns with the more than 400 million income records it receives each year from third parties such as the IRS, banks, employers, state departments, and other sources. Most cases are resolved in FTB’s civil compliance programs.

Sloan was booked into the San Joaquin County jail and is free on $25,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for March 18 at 1:30 in Department 35 of the Stockton Courthouse.

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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.

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