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Orange County Auto Fleet Salesman Pleads Guilty to State Income Tax Evasion

An auto fleet salesperson, who worked for several Orange County auto dealerships, pleaded guilty to one count of state income tax evasion.

Paul R. Whitehead, 52, with a last known address in Irvine, worked as a fleet auto salesperson from 2004 to 2007, and 2009. Our investigation revealed Whitehead failed to file state income tax returns for these years and report the more than $1.4 million he earned.

Whitehead was ordered to pay restitution to the state of more than $173,000 representing the unpaid tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation. He must pay $50,000 within 30 days and the balance within five years or face up to three years in state prison. Interest continues to accrue on this outstanding balance.

Our criminal investigation program identifies and investigates cases of tax evasion and tax fraud to encourage compliance with California income tax laws and maintain the public trust.

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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