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November 20, 2014: Pair Enter No Contest Pleas in Million-Dollar Fraud Case

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer

The former owner of a used car dealership and an associate pleaded no contest today to underreporting more than $1 million in California sales tax, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

Dagoberto Duenas, 59, of Rosemead, entered his plea to three counts of tax evasion while Mario Ernesto Gonzalez, 52, of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest to two counts of tax evasion. 

Both men face up to three years in state prison that would be served in county jail when they are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2. 

Deputy District Attorney James Belna of the White Collar Crime Division said Duenas, who owned a used car dealership, unlawfully took $1.04 million from the State of California, while Gonzalez, a business associate, took nearly $500,000. 

The crimes occurred between January 2007 and December 2009. 

The case was investigated by the California State Board of Equalization.  

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