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Bakersfield Couple Arrested for State Income Tax Fraud

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For Immediate Release

12.13.2010

Sacramento — A Bakersfield couple was arrested on eight felony counts including tax fraud, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Agustin E. Ramirez, 56, was charged with four felony counts of conspiring to commit a crime, grand theft, filing fraudulent returns, and money laundering. Maria Z. Ramirez, 54, was charged with four felony counts of conspiring to commit a crime, grand theft, filing fraudulent returns, and being an accessory to a crime.

The couple allegedly failed to report more than $380,000 in kickback income from the purchase of Bakersfield homes on their 2006 and 2007 state income tax returns. The couple owes the state more than $57,000 in unpaid taxes. Penalties, interest, and the cost of investigation will be added to this amount.

FTB initiated the investigation when they received information from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, which alleged that Agustin E. Ramirez participated in a scheme to purchase five homes in the Bakersfield area between November 2006 and January 2007 by using fraudulent loan applications.

Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department arrested Agustin E. Ramirez on November 19, 2010, and Maria Z. Ramirez was arrested on December 8, 2010. Their bail is set at $2 million and $1 million respectively. Their arraignment is scheduled for December 15, 2010, at the Kern County Superior Court.

Kern County Deputy District Attorney Gordon Isen is prosecuting the case.

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

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