Fugitive business owner sentenced to prison for tax fraud
Sep. 21, 2017
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities say a Chelan Falls man has been sentenced in absentia to more than two years in prison for filing fraudulent tax returns that underreported $564,000.
The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that 46-year-old Jose Echeverria, who authorities believe has fled to Mexico, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Court documents show Echeverria owned and operated a produce sales business in Chelan Falls and that from 2009 through 2012, he filed fraudulent income tax returns that underreported the income he received from his business.
The Justice Department says during that time Echeverria wired hundreds of thousands of dollars in unreported income to an account in Mexico to purchase land, vacation homes and vehicles for personal use.
The Justice Department says Echeverria pleaded guilty in February.
Echeverria remains a fugitive.