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Modesto Physician Fails to Appear for Arraignment on State Income Tax Charges

Released: January 28, 2010

Sacramento – A bench warrant was issued for a Modesto physician, who failed to appear for his arraignment on felony charges of state income tax evasion and state income tax fraud, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Thomas Kaschak, 51, a self-employed orthopedic surgeon, is currently under prosecution for allegedly failing to file his 2000-2004 state income tax returns. Kaschak earned more than $1.6 million during these years and owes the state nearly $138,000 in unpaid tax.

According to FTB special agents, Kaschak was indicted on income tax evasion charges for tax years 2005, 2007, and 2008 as well as a tax fraud charge for 2007. He owes the state an estimated $58,000.00 in unpaid tax. Kaschak was also charged with committing these new felonies while out on bail.

The failure to report income is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap now facing California. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is due and the tax that is paid. You can report suspected tax fraud by calling the FTB at 800.540.3453.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova presided over Tuesday’s proceeding in Department 8 of the Stanislaus Superior Court. California Deputy Attorney General Keith Lyon is prosecuting the case.

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