[2/17/17] Local Produce Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

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A local business owner is now facing a lengthy jail sentence after pleading guilty on Wednesday for filing fraudulent federal tax returns.

According to documents filed with the court, from 2009- 2012, 46 year old Jose Echeverria owned and operated a produce sales business.

Echeverria filed fraudulent income tax returns for each of those years, and under-reported his income by a total $564,000 . He admitted that he caused a tax loss of approximately $183,000.

Echeverria is scheduled for sentencing on May 11 and faces a statutory maximum sentence of 3 years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.