Mexican National Residing in Bakersfield Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Illegal Cockfighting in Violation of the Animal Welfare Act
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Miguel Antonio Ruiz Jaramillo, 67, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to one year in federal prison and was ordered to pay $91,527 in unpaid federal taxes, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Jaramillo was also ordered to perform 600 hours of community service.
According to court documents, from January 2010 through July 2012, Jaramillo cashed more than fifty checks in amounts of $10,000 or less at Valley Republic Bank located in Bakersfield, totaling more than $420,000. Jaramillo had the checks cashed in this manner to prevent, or attempt to prevent, the bank from filing a Currency Transaction Report on those transactions. He did not want a CTR filed because for the years 2010 and 2011, he did not declare the structured cash transactions as income on his federal tax returns.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Bakersfield Police Department under the auspices of the Central California Financial Crimes Task Force (CCFCTF), which is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act crimes in the San Joaquin Valley. CCFCTF is composed of special agents from the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bakersfield Police Department, and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Grant B. Rabenn and Patrick Delahunty prosecuted the case.
Jaramillo was ordered to self-surrender in sixty days.