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Former Amtrak employee flees after tax evasion

A former Amtrak employee recently fled to avoid going to prison due to tax evasion. As a jury delivered its verdict of 29 guilty felony counts, the 60-year-old defendant was nowhere to be found.

The woman was found guilty of insurance fraud, tax evasion, perjury and grand theft from her employer's retirement board. She received in excess of $500,000 from disability payments due to accidents that the prosecution says she faked. She could receive up to 33 years in prison, but she escaped while she was free on a $50,000 bail that the judge ordered during her trial that lasted two months.

The events stem back to an event that occurred in 2006 after the former employee said that she slipped and fell in her home. She claimed that she was injured so severely that she required the use of an in-home caregiver. In spite of her supposed injury, the woman made several trips over the next few years, including destinations in the Dominican Republic, New York, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and China. The judge revoked her bail due to her non-appearance. The prosecutor is asking anyone who knows any information about the woman to call the U.S. Marshals Service.

When a person faces a conviction for tax evasion, he or she may also face very serious consequences such as extensive prison time. Hiring a lawyer who is well versed in tax law may allow a person to avoid prison time. Sometimes, a person may be able to enter into an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay the funds that he or she owes with the help of an attorney.

Source: Fox 5 San Diego, "Ex-Amtrak employee flees after fraud conviction," Tony Perry, Jan. 18, 2013

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