Criminal Tax Media Releases


CARE HOME OWNER INDICTED ON TAX CHARGES

RELEASED: October 19, 2000
Tax Director Marie Okamura announced that on October 18, 2000, a Honolulu grand jury panel returned a true bill against Anita G. Gabriel for failing to file her annual general excise tax returns for the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 tax years.

The penalties provided by law is a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both for each year.

Tax Director Okamura continues to encourage taxpayers to voluntarily file their tax returns.  The department will generally not initiate a criminal investigation when taxpayers voluntarily come forward to report their failure to file or other omissions.

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MEDICAL COMPANY & OFFICER PLEADS TO TAX CHARGES

RELEASED:  October 18, 2000
Tax Director Marie Okamura announced that on October 18, 2000, a Honolulu medical company, Romeo Pineda MD., Inc., and Rosabella Pineda, a corporate officer plead "no contest" to failing to file general excise and withholding tax returns.

The corporation, Romeo Pineda MD, Inc., plead "no contest" to failing to file its annual general excise tax return for 1997 and failing to file its state withholding tax return for 1998.

Rosabella Pineda, secretary/treasurer for the corporation also pled "no contest" as the responsible person required to file the corporation's annual general excise tax return for 1997 and the corporation's withholding tax return for 1998.  The failure to file these returns are misdemeanor violations.

In accordance with a plea agreement, District Court Judge Fa'auuga L. To'oto'o accepted the "no contest" pleas and the corporation, Romeo Pineda MD, Inc., was fined $2,500 for each violation for a total fine of $5,000 and Rosabella Pineda was fined $2,500 for each violation for a total fine of $5,000.  Judge To'oto'o also granted the corporation and Rosabella Pineda a deferred acceptance of no contest plea.

Tax Director Okamura continues to encourage taxpayers to voluntarily file their tax returns.  The department will generally not initiate a criminal investigation when taxpayers voluntarily come forward to report their failure to file or other omissions.

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Released by the State of Hawaii,  Department of Taxation
For further information, contact Stephen Hironaka at 587-1795

posted:  26 October, 2000