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Orinda Physician Arrested on State Income Tax Charges

An Orinda physician was arrested April 4 on felony charges of state income tax evasion.

Coletta Marie Hargis, 56, is chief executive officer of Coletta M. Hargis, M.D., Inc. According to our special agents, Hargis allegedly received more than $1.1 million in compensation for the years 2005 - 2010 and failed to file her personal income tax returns for these same years and her corporation’s 2008 through 2010 tax returns. She faces six felony counts of tax evasion and six felony counts of deceptive conduct for the intentional concealment of income with the intent to evade tax. Each tax count carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

Hargis owes the state more than $91,000 in unpaid personal and franchise tax. Interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation will be added to this figure and sought as restitution.

Hargis was booked into the Contra Costa County Detention Facility in Martinez. Bail is set at $240,000 and her arraignment is not yet scheduled.

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