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business owner sentenced for false tax returns

June 8, 2011

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, was sentenced in federal court today for making false statements to the IRS on his income tax return.

Inocente Ramirez, 39, a citizen of Mexico who is also a citizen of the United States, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 14 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Ramirez to pay $467,050 in restitution.

On Dec. 23, 2010, Ramirez pleaded guilty to making false statements on his 2005 income tax return.

Ramirez owned and operated Ramirez Roofing, which subcontracted with larger roofing companies and other contractors. Ramirez admitted that he filed tax returns for 2003, 2004 and 2005 that significantly understated the gross receipts for his roofing business. 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.

According to court documents, Ramirez has not filed any income tax returns at all for the years 2008-2010.

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

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