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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Former Val Verde County Commissioner Enters Guilty Plea to Federal Tax Charges

In Del Rio this afternoon, 64-year-old former Val Verde County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ramiro V. Ramon pleaded guilty to charges that he underreported his total income on three separate federal Income Tax Returns. That announcement was made today by United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs and IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William Cotter.

 

Appearing before United States District Judge Alia Moses, Ramon pleaded guilty to three counts of false statements on Income Tax Returns. According to court records, since 2005, the defendant managed a Val Verde County real estate project called “the Ranch.” Between 2005 and 2012, Ramon accepted approximately $47,000 in payments from a San Antonio developer; approximately $10,500 from a group of New Braunfels business owners; and $5,000 from a California businessman, to manage the property. Ramon, admittedly, failed to report the total income he received from managing ‘The Ranch” on his electronically filed federal income tax returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

Ramon faces up to three years in federal prison for each charge as well as a to-be-determined-amount of restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. , who served as Val Verde County Precinct 1 Commissioner from 2003 through January 2, 2017, remains on bond pending sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.

 

This indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Assistant United States Attorneys Jay Hulings, William R. Harris and Goran Krnaich are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Tax
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Updated April 27, 2017