A local woman was arrested Monday morning after a federal Grand Jury indicted her on 50 counts of tax evasion and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, according to federal officials.
The 50-count indictment against Cristina Gonzalez was returned April 12, and she was arrested Monday morning. She is expected to make her first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby at 2 p.m.
Gonzalez is charged with 46 counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false U.S. Income Tax Returns for others as well as four counts of willfully filing a false income tax return for herself. According to the indictment, she knowingly filed tax returns that underreported her income resulting in a substantial tax due to the United States. Gonzalez also aided others in the preparation and filing of income tax returns that were false, according to the charges. Those returns allegedly included tax credits which Gonzalez knew the taxpayers were not entitled to claim.
Each conviction of tax evasion carries a possible maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, while aiding in the preparation of false tax returns carries a three-year-maximum term. Each conviction could also result in up to a $250,000 fine.
IRS-CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the case.