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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