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San Jose Resident Charged With Filing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

SAN JOSE – Jose Sanchez Flores was indicted on charges he filed false tax returns, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Batdorf.  Sanchez Flores was arrested and made his initial court appearance this morning in San Jose, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd.  

A federal grand jury in San Jose handed down the indictment, unsealed today, on September 21, 2017.  The indictment charges Sanchez Flores, a resident of San Jose, Calif., with two counts of filing false tax returns, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1).  According to the indictment, Sanchez Flores filed false federal income tax returns for tax years 2010 and 2011.  Magistrate Judge Lloyd scheduled Sanchez Flores’s next court appearance for April 27, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, Sanchez Flores faces three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count of filing false tax returns.  Additional fines, penalties and supervised release also may be ordered.  However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.  

Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Pitman is prosecuting the case.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. 

Updated May 30, 2018