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Man Arrested at Sacramento Superior Court on State Income Tax Evasion Charges

Released: September 30, 2009

(Sacramento) A Rancho Cordova man was arrested on five felony charges of state income tax evasion, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Owen D. Mosburg, 52, was in Department 4 of the Sacramento County Superior Court for an unrelated court appearance on charges of grand theft. According to FTB special agents, Mosburg allegedly filed fraudulent 2003 – 2004 state income tax returns and failed to file his 2005 – 2007 state income tax returns. During the years under investigation, Mosburg was employed by a Rancho Cordova building products company and earned more than $352,000. Mosburg owes the state more than $11,900 in unpaid tax. Penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation will be added to this amount.

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

Every year FTB contacts individuals who may have a filing requirement, but have not filed a tax return. These individuals have 30 days to file their state tax return or show why one is not due. FTB contacted Mosburg numerous times to file his delinquent returns.

The failure to file tax returns is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap California faces each year. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is owed and the tax that is due.

Mosburg was taken into immediate custody and his bail is set at $25,000. His next court appearance has not been set.