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Ex-Hialeah Mayor Found Not Guilty In Tax Evasion Trial

Ex-Hialeah Mayor Found Not Guilty In Tax Evasion Trial

UPDATE 4/29 4:17pm

Not Guilty on all counts.

That's the verdict read in court today in the tax evasion trial of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina.

The jury deliberating the case for two days.

Robaina and his wife, Raiza, were accused of failing to disclose about two-million dollars in income, falsifying tax returns, and lying to federal agents.

They blamed many of the issues on their accountant.

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UPDATE 4/28 6:32pm

MIAMI (AP) _ A Miami jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Hialeah's former mayor and his wife on charges of underreporting taxes and lying to federal agents.

Jurors began debating Monday afternoon whether Julio and Raiza Robaina failed to report about $2 million in income between 2005 and 2010. Some was cash payments on high-interest personal loans they made to friends and associates, including a convicted Ponzi schemer.

Julio Robaina did not testify in his own defense, but Raiza Robaina blamed many of the problems on mistakes made by the couple's accountant. She insisted they did not submit false or fraudulent tax returns. The couple also faces charges of making false statements to investigators.

Julio Robaina was Hialeah's mayor from 2005 to 2011 and ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Miami-Dade County. 

 

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MIAMI (AP) _ Closing arguments are set Monday in the federal trial of Hialeah's former mayor and his wife on tax evasion and other charges.

Julio and Raiza Robaina are accused of failing to disclose on tax returns about $2 million in income between 2005 and 2010. Some of that allegedly was cash payments on high-interest personal loans they made to friends and associates, including a convicted Ponzi schemer.

 

 

 

Julio Robaina did not testify in his own defense, but Raiza Robaina blamed many of the problems on mistakes made by the couple's accountant. She insisted they did not submit false or fraudulent tax returns. The couple also faces charges of making false statements to investigators.

 

 

 

Julio Robaina was Hialeah's mayor from 2005 to 2011 and ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Miami-Dade County.

 

 

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