Former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and his wife were acquitted Tuesday of all charges following a federal trial on accusations they filed false tax returns and lied to federal agents.
Jurors reached the not guilty verdicts for Julio and Raiza Robaina after about six hours of deliberations.Prosecutors claimed the couple failed to report about $2 million in income between 2005 and 2010. Some of it was cash payments on high-interest personal loans they made to friends and associates, including a convicted Ponzi schemer.Testifying for the couple, Raiza Robaina blamed many of the problems on mistakes by the couple's accountant. She insisted they did not submit false tax returns or lie to investigators, and their lawyer said the federal case rested heavily on testimony of the jewelry investment Ponzi scheme operator, Luis Felipe Perez.It should have been handled through an Internal Revenue Service audit rather than a criminal indictment, defense attorney David Garvin said in closing arguments."Each and every one of these issues should have been in the civil audit that never occurred," he said.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Not Guilty across the board for former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and wife on tax charges
Wow, a big not guilty today before Judge Ungaro on a lengthy tax trial. From the AP: