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Hills woman admits to tax evasion

A Los Altos Hills woman pleaded guilty last month to tax evasion after failing to report more than $200,000 in bonuses and “other payments” during her employment as a part-time Medical Assistant in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Christine Reyes, 37, faces five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to prosecutors. Her sentencing is scheduled July 11.

Although she knew she was required to file tax returns reporting all the income she received and to pay taxes on that income, Reyes intentionally did not file tax returns which reported all the foregoing funds and did not pay taxes on that income to the Internal Revenue Service for the tax years 2003-2006,” according to justice department statement.

The statement notes Reyes’ job comprised “rooming patients, preparing allergy extracts, giving allergy shots, keeping computer profiles for the patients and helping her mother around the office.”

Prosecutors, after an IRS investigation, indicted Reyes March 2, 2010, on four counts of tax evasion. She admitted to one count as part of a plea agreement.

Reyes’ mother, Maria Virginia Reyes, 61, was sentenced to two years in prison in January for failing to report more than $500,000 in taxable income from 2003 to 2007. She served as general manager for the medical practices, according to the justice department.

Maria originally faced five years behind bars but court documents filed by Reyes’ defense attorney stated that her age and the fact that she supports her daughter, an apparent recent victim of domestic abuse, and grandchild should dictate a more lenient sentence.

Maria pleaded guilty to one count in March and agreed to pay $141,815 in restitution.

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