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We are committed to closing California's $6.5 billion tax gap, defined as the difference between tax that is owed and tax that is paid. Our special agents work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies throughout California to uncover illegal behaviors that contribute to the tax gap. These include underreporting income, overstating deductions, failing to file returns, failing to pay taxes due, and making illegal cash payments to employees.

Tax fraud is not a victimless crime. You can report suspected tax fraud by calling FTB at (800) 540-3453.

We prosecuted the following case last month:

Ventura woman sentenced in county public office tax evasion scheme

A Ventura woman was sentenced to state prison on December 12, 2006, on felony charges for state income tax evasion and refund fraud.

Ester Torres-Anaya, 33, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for her role in the Ventura County Guardian's Office theft ring that took money from disabled individuals' accounts. She was ordered to surrender on January 2, 2007, to begin her sentence. Torres-Anaya cooperated during this case including providing information leading to the arrest of others.

In addition to prison, Torres-Anaya was ordered to pay $19,128 in restitution to the FTB for tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation.

According to FTB investigators, Torres-Anaya illegally obtained more than $59,000, which she did not report on her state income tax return. By underreporting her income, she received refunds when she owed the state taxes.

As of October 31, FTB's criminal program has successfully prosecuted 54 individuals in 2006, with the courts awarding $3,073,244 in restitution.