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June 21, 2016

Posted  June 21, 2016

A San Antonio, Texas, artist was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio to 12 months in prison, announced the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Carlos Cortes pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file a 2009 tax return on April 21. According to court documents, Cortes is an artist who works in the medium of “Faux Bois,” an artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. His work has been commissioned by the city of San Antonio along with several San Antonio businesses. According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records, Cortes did not file individual income tax returns for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 despite earning gross income well in excess of the filing requirements. Cortes admitted that he had gross income of $62,043 in 2006, $66,138 for 2007, $457,192 for 2008 and $781,847 for 2009. DOJ

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