Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building. Photo by John Schreiber.

A former used car dealer and a business associate pleaded no contest Thursday to tax evasion charges for under-reporting more than $1 million in California sales tax.

Dagoberto Duenas, 59, of Rosemead, who owned a used car dealership in Los Angeles, pleaded no contest to three counts of tax evasion. Deputy District Attorney James Belna said Duenas unlawfully took just over $1 million that should have gone to the state.

Co-defendant Mario Ernesto Gonzalez, 52, of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest to two counts of tax evasion. Gonzalez took nearly $500,000 that should have gone to the state, according to the prosecutor.

The two are each facing up to three years behind bars, with sentencing set Dec. 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The crimes happened between January 2007 and December 2009, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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