An Orange County businessman is facing federal charges of tax evasion, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday.
Luis E. Perez, who has homes in Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda and Dove Canyon, is accused of failing to pay nearly $30 million in payroll taxes, according to the grand jury indictment returned on Aug. 28, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Perez’s companies include Checkmates Staffing Inc., Staffaide Inc., BaronHR LLC, and Fortress Holding Group LLC. He is accused of failing to pay taxes required to be withheld from employees’ wages, according to prosecutors.
Perez’s companies allegedly failed to pay the Internal Revenue Service payroll taxes in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, prosecutors said.
The IRS began to try to collect the outstanding taxes in June 2007, and by February 2017 the balance was $29,593,378 with interest and penalties added, prosecutors said.
Perez is also accused of attempting to avoid paying the taxes with the purchase of luxuries such as high-priced cars and a boat and falsely claiming he was paid just $1,000 weekly from one of his companies, prosecutors said.
Perez could face up to five years in prison if convicted at trial.
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