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Etters couple sentenced for tax evasion, bribery

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A York County couple have been sentenced on federal charges involving tax evasion and bribery of an IRS agent.

Ivan Garces, 45, of Etters, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while 47-year-old Mayra Garces was given 12 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge John Jones.

Each must pay a $7,700 fine and spend a year of supervised release at the end of their prison term.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the couple offered to pay an IRS agent $50,000 during a 2011 audit if the agent would reduce their tax liability and not expand the audit to include previous years.

During an undercover operation in Nov. 2011, the couple paid the agent $50,000 in cash, Smith said.

A review of the couple's business records found the two intentionally failed to report $1,091,267 in income for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, Smith said.

The pair pleaded guilty in May and has paid the IRS $843,866 in penalties, back taxes and interest, and the $50,000 used for the bribe was relinquished to the U.S. Treasury, Smith said.


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