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Inland Empire Tax Preparer Sentenced for Filing False State Income Tax Returns

Released: April 02, 2009

An Upland tax preparer was ordered to pay restitution of more than $310,000, sentenced to time served, and placed on three years formal probation for filing false state income tax returns, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Jose A. Garcia, 29, owned and operated Mi Oficina Income Tax, a tax preparation business with several locations throughout the Inland Empire. Garcia pleaded guilty in February to four felony counts for preparing false personal state tax returns for tax years 2001 through 2004 and underreporting his income by more than $968,000. Garcia fully paid the $310,369 representing the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation.

San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Dest presided over the case in Department 23 of the San Bernardino Superior Court. San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Melinda Spencer prosecuted the case.