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First of Eight Taqueria Arandas Restaurant Owners Sentenced for Filing False Income Tax Returns

On April 8, 2009, in Houston, Texas, Carlos Garcia was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $245,786 in restitution above the $700,000 already paid for filing false income tax returns for Taqueria Arandas No. 12 Inc., through which he operated a restaurant at 10403-A Gulf Freeway in Houston. Garcia pleaded guilty on October 24, 2008, admitting in pleadings filed that day that he had filed Corporate Income Tax Returns for Taqueria Arandas No. 12 Inc., for tax years 2001 through 2004 that under-reported sales by approximately $2,813,156. He also admitted that, as a result, he and his corporation underpaid income taxes by approximately $945,786. Prior to his sentencing, Garcia paid the Internal Revenue Service $700,000 in delinquent taxes. Garcia is the first of eight local Taqueria Arnadas Restaurant owners to be sentenced.