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Fair Oaks Man Arrested on State Income Tax Fraud Charges

Released: January 5, 2010

Sacramento — A Fair Oaks man self-surrendered to Franchise Tax Board (FTB) special agents today on three felony counts of filing fraudulent state income tax returns, the FTB announced.

Kinley L. Jong, 48, an officer with the California Highway Patrol, was originally charged In November with one felony count of possessing an assault weapon, which was found by FTB special agents executing a search warrant on Jong’s home. FTB received information Jong was allegedly depositing substantial amounts of cash into his bank accounts which exceeded the amount of income reported on his 2005 -2007 state income tax returns. Jong’s taxable income for these three years was over $564,000 while he reported $282,000 on his tax returns. Jong owes the state more than $26,400 in unpaid tax. Penalties, interest and the cost of the investigation will be added to this figure.

Underreporting income 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 paid.

Jong was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and is free on $15,000 bail. His arraignment on the weapons charge is scheduled for January 6 in Department 8 of the Sacramento County Superior Court. Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Alan Hengel is prosecuting both cases.

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