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Ventura Woman Sentenced to Six Years State Prison for Tax Evasion and Embezzlement Scheme

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For Immediate Release

01.31.2013

Sacramento – A Ventura office manager was sentenced today to six years in state prison for three felony counts including state income tax evasion for filing a false tax return, grand theft and forgery, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Ronda Ann Garcia, 43, was also ordered to pay restitution of $1.1 million to her former employer and more than $130,000 to FTB. Garcia was employed as an office manager by a Ventura based non-profit organization from 1999 to 2012. Garcia embezzled more than $800,000 from her employer between 2006 and 2012 when she improperly ordered personal checks off the non-profit’s bank account then used the account for personal expenses. The unauthorized purchases included computers, monitors, cameras, recorders, vacations, and vehicles.

FTB investigators determined that Garcia filed false personal income tax returns from 2006, to 2010, and owes the state more than $66,000 in unpaid tax. Total restitution including penalty, interest, and cost of investigation owed to the state is more than $130,000. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

The case was a joint investigation with the Ventura Police Department, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and FTB Criminal Investigation Unit. The case was prosecuted by Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McGee handed down the sentence in court room 12 of the Ventura County Superior Court.

Anyone who has knowledge of tax fraud may call the FTB informant hotline at 1.800.540.3453.

FTB’s criminal investigation program identifies and investigates cases of tax evasion and tax fraud to encourage compliance with California income tax laws and maintain the public trust.

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