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Coventry Woman Charged With Multiple Income Tax Offenses

CONTACT: Robert Menzel, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-6907

February 18, 2010

The Attorney General’s Office and The Department of Taxes announced today that Cynthia Diaz, of Coventry, Vermont, has been charged with five felony counts of Failing to File Income Tax Returns and five felony counts of Failure to Pay Income Taxes. Ms. Diaz was arraigned today in Washington District Court, Barre, where she pleaded not guilty and was released on standard conditions set by the Court.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Department of Taxes and the Attorney General’s Office. According to papers filed with the Court, Ms. Diaz has not filed annual Vermont Income Tax Returns with the Vermont Department of Taxes for tax years 2003 – 2008. The investigation revealed that during this time period, Ms. Diaz was gainfully employed, including as town clerk for the town of Coventry since 2004, and received taxable income within the State from her employers. An audit conducted by the Vermont Department of Taxes estimated that Ms. Diaz owes the State approximately $10,000 in outstanding personal income taxes for the tax years 2003-2008.

If convicted, Cynthia Diaz could face up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000 for each felony count.

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