Ceres mortgage broker pleads guilty to false tax return

The Fresno BeeFebruary 20, 2014 

A Ceres mortgage broker pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return Thursday in federal court in Fresno, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

According to her plea agreement, Maria Vega, 53, owned and operated Vega's Financial Services and earned income from working as a loan officer on mortgage transactions, Wagner said.

She also worked as a real estate agent in connection with the purchase, sale and refinancing of residential properties.

Wagner said that Vega admitted that she underreported approximately $415,235 in taxable income on her income tax return for the 2006 tax year.

The maximum statutory penalty for filing a false tax return is three years in prison. Vega is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or asasaki@fresnobee.com.

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