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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BETH PHILLIPS


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 23, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO FALSE TAX RETURNS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Grandview, Mo. man who operated a roofing business in the Kansas City, Mo., area, pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the IRS on his income tax return.


            Inocente Ramirez, 38, a citizen of Mexico who is also a citizen of the United States, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Today he entered a plea of guilty in federal court to one count for false statements he made on his 2005 income tax return.


            Ramirez owned and operated Ramirez Roofing, which subcontracted with larger roofing companies and other contractors. Today, Ramirez admitted that he filed tax returns for 2003, 2004 and 2005 that significantly understated the gross receipts for his roofing business. According to the plea agreement, Ramirez grossed almost $6 million dollars during the period, but he filed tax returns which included only income reported on Forms 1099, and omitted everything else, thereby significantly under-reporting his income. According to the plea agreement, Ramirez's unreported income was $195,946 for 2003, $507,128 for 2004, and $541,841 for 2005, resulting in a tax loss of $467,050 for the three years.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Mahoney. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.



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