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Omaha Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

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

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on February 27, 2017, Jesus Rivera Cruz of Omaha, Nebraska, age 41, pled guilty to one (1) count of filing a false tax return before the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief United States District Court Judge. An investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division determined that the defendant, the owner of Rivera’s Mexican Food, a restaurant in Omaha, failed to report a significant portion of his gross receipts for the tax years 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a result of this failure to report said receipts, the United States suffered a tax loss of approximately $105, 029.

As part of the plea agreement the defendant has agreed to make full restitution to the government. Additionally, the defendant faces a term of incarceration of up to three years, a fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to one year. Sentencing is set for May 26, 2017. According to Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division Karl Stiften, “We should not forget that the ultimate victims in tax fraud cases are those honest taxpayers who diligently file returns and pay their taxes each year”.

Updated March 3, 2017