New Charges for Michael Ritacco and Francis Gartland December 7, 2010Posted by jefhenninger in News.
A superseding indictment was filed against Michael Ritacco and Francis Garland today. The first indictment, returned on October 19, contained 18 counts of mail and wire fraud, travel and use of facilities in interstate commerce to promote bribery, and bribery in connection with a local government agency receiving federal funds. The now 27-count indictment, adds nine counts to the previous indictment: two counts charging separate conspiracies to defraud the IRS, and seven counts of making and subscribing to false federal personal income tax returns – for tax years 2004 to 2006 for Ritacco and 2004 to 2007 for Gartland, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
While I doubt this will really change anything, it does give the Government some insurance of securing a conviction. Even if they can’t show the bribery and fraud counts, as long as they can show that Ritacco received income and that he did not include that on his tax returns, the Government can still get him on something. I assume Ritacco’s attorneys were expecting that this could be an issue at some point. One of the first things I do with my clients is to pull all of the records and see what was reported and what was not. Once all that is in hand, it shouldn’t take long to figure out if tax evasion charges may be filed sooner or later.