The owner of two popular Santa Ana restaurants has been placed on two years of federal probation after admitting that he tried unsuccessfully to trick the Internal Revenue Service on $16,000.
Shien Wong--a native of Taiwan and owner of Taqueria Carniceria Tapatia and Taqueria Tapatia--was arrested by federal authorities in March and eventually admitted that he knowingly tried to evade IRS disclosure requirements by making two, $8,000 bank deposits in May 2010 into his GBC International accounts.
Federal reporting requirements mandate that banking institutions inform the IRS of all $10,000 deposits.
It's not clear exactly why Wong--born in 1954--tried to cheat but his two sons--Jason and James--told U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford that their father is a good man, excellent father and remorseful about his crime.
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Robert S. Horwitz, Wong's criminal defense lawyer who said the money did not involve illegal funds, asked for a punishment of one year of probation.
This week, both Guilford and a federal prosecutor agreed that a term of two years of probation was adequate.