Court documents state that Francisco Roberto Santos claimed the reason he failed to file taxes was because it was “burdensome” and he “had no free time.”
Guam – The airport consultant who was charged with tax evasion in federal court has a chronic history of failing to file tax returns dating all the way back to the 1990s, according to court documents filed in District Court. But because of a statute of limitations, the government can only charge Francisco Roberto Santos for a period of five years.
The Attorney General’s Office filed a trial brief in District Court, which is a snap shot of the evidence and witnesses they plan to introduce during the trial of Francisco Roberto Santos, the business and financial consultant of the Guam International Airport Authority who makes an annual salary of between $229,000 to $256,000 dollars.
In it, the AG’s office plans to call to the stand Airport GM Chuck Ada, Department of Revenue and Taxation Deputy Director Marie Benito and other Rev and Tax employees.
The AG’s Office also plans to introduce evidence that Santos not only failed to file tax returns from 2008 to 2012, but even admitted to failing to do so.
“Defendant admitted that he knew he had an obligation to do so but disregarded his duty to file income tax returns, telling agents that it was burdensome and he had no free time to do so,” court papers say.
In fact, the AG’s office says Santos failed to file tax returns all the way back to 1994, but because of the a statute of limitations, they can only charge him for a five year period.
This is also not the first time that Santos was investigated for failing to file tax returns. Back in 2003, a criminal investigation was launched in which Santos allegedly admitted to that he intentionally failed to file his taxes because, again, it was burdensome and that he understood his “deliberate disregard was a criminal offense.”
In that investigation, Rev and Tax agents say Santos promised to fix the problem, but never did. Based on Santos’ income, Rev and Tax believes that his tax liability would have been a total of $343,950 between 2008 to 2012.
Santos’ trial has been scheduled for July 22 at 9:30 am.