Man Convicted Of Tax Evasion
HOUSTON – Eric P. Garcia has entered a plea of guilty to one count of tax evasion, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Lucy Cruz, special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.
Garcia admitted in the written plea agreement he willfully filed an income tax return for 2007 claiming he owed only $22,223 in income taxes. However, he knew the correct amount of income taxes he owed for the year was approximately $275,694. Garcia further acknowledged he owed additional income taxes for years 2005 through 2009 totaling $765,041. Garcia admitted he willfully claimed inflated expenses on his income tax returns in order to evade his income tax liabilities.
U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for May 30, 2013, at which time he faces up to five years of imprisonment and a possible $250,000 fine.
This matter was investigated by IRS-CI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher.