Oct. 2, 2009
TWO MORE LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNERS SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
(HOUSTON) – Guillermo Camarena, of Houston, and Ramiro Camarena of Pasadena, Texas, have each been sentenced to federal prison for filing false income tax returns relating to their respective Taqueria Arandas restaurants, United States Attorney Tim Johnson and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke announced today.
Guillermo Camarena was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David Hittner to serve a prison term of 36 months and was taken immediately into custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing. In a separate case, Ramiro Camarena was sentenced in August 2009 by U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal to serve one month in prison and has been ordered to self-surrender at FCI-Texarkana on Oct. 14, 2009, to begin serving that sentence. Both men have also been ordered to serve a one-year-term of supervised release following the completion of their prison sentences.
Guillermo Camarena owned Taqueria Arandas No. 2 Inc. through which he operated a restaurant at 6503 Airline Road in Houston. In a plea agreement executed on Oct. 15, 2008, Guillermo Camarena admitted he had filed Corporate Income Tax Returns for Taqueria Arandas No. 2 Inc. for calendar/tax years 2001 through 2004 that under-reported sales by approximately $2,411,588. He further admitted that, as a result, he and his corporation underpaid income taxes by approximately $760,350. At the time of sentencing, Gillermo Camarena had made restitution payments totaling $315,000 with the balance becoming due and payable during his supervised release term.
Ramiro Camarena owned Taqueria Arandas No. 7 Inc. through which he operated a restaurant at 1629 South Richey Highway in Pasadena. In a plea agreement executed on Oct. 8, 2008, Ramiro Camarena admitted he had filed Corporate Income Tax Returns for Taqueria Arandas No. 7 Inc. for calendar/tax years 2000 through 2003 that under-reported sales by approximately $2,107,878. He also admitted that, as a result, he and his corporation underpaid income taxes by approximately $126,174. Prior to his sentencing, Ramiro Camarena had paid restitution of $221,681, which included the incomes taxes owed as well as $95,507 in estimated penalties and interest.
Guillermo and Ramiro Camarena become the sixth and seventh of eight local Taqueria Arandas Restaurant owners to be charged, convicted and sentenced on charges of filing false federal income and employment tax returns for their restaurants. To date, the eight restaurant owners have paid the IRS almost $4.7 million in delinquent taxes, penalties and interest and all remain subject to audit and further assessment of taxes, penalties and interest.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jimmy Sledge Jr.
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