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Rogers, Arkansas landscaper Pedro Garcia fails to report $1 million+ in sales, pleads guilty to tax fraud

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Pedro Garcia of Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, United States underreported the true gross receipts from Garcia Lawn Care from 2014 through 2020. He owned and operated the landscaping business located in Rogers.

Garcia Lawn Care customers mainly paid Garcia by check for his services. Instead of depositing the checks into his business accounts, he cashed most of them and used the cash to pay himself, his workers and other expenses.

In total, Garcia failed to report more than $1 million in gross receipts, causing a tax loss of $208,844. On September 15, 2021, he pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate tax return.

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Garcia faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. A federal district court judge will consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors before determining any sentence.

The announcement was made by acting U.S. attorney David Clay Fowlkes for the Western District of Arkansas and acting deputy assistant attorney general Stuart M. Goldberg of the U.S. Justice Department’s tax division. The division’s trial attorneys Nicholas Schilling and Robert Kemins are prosecuting the case, which is being investigated by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Criminal Investigation.

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Located in the Ozarks, a physiographic region in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, USA, Rogers was the location of the first Walmart store. Sam Walton founded the multinational retail corporation in the city on July 2, 1962.

Incorporated on June 6, 1881, Rogers was named for Captain Brent Rogers Elliott. Since 2010, Greg Hines has served as the mayor of the city.

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