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Placer County Couple Arrested on State Income Tax Evasion Charges

Our special agents arrested a Roseville couple on four felony counts of state income tax evasion.

According to our special agents, Dino Puma, 48, a real estate broker, and his wife, Jennifer Puma, 43, allegedly failed to file their 2004 – 2007 state income tax returns and to report more than $700,000 of income. The couple owes the state more than $44,000 in unpaid tax. Interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation will be added to the total amount sought as restitution.

The case resulted from the Puma’s failure to respond to numerous requests that they file their delinquent returns. Each year we contact nearly one million people who may have a filing requirement, but have not filed a tax return. Most individuals resolve their cases in the civil process. Taxpayers who do not respond are assessed tax using income records to estimate the amount of state tax due. Some individuals are referred to criminal investigations for prosecution.

Income tax evasion is a felony with a maximum term of up to three years in state prison per count.

The California Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting this case.

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