Former Val Verde County commissioner pleads guilty to federal tax charges

U.S. Attorney's Office: Ramiro Ramon under-reported his total income

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DEL RIO, Texas – A former Val Verde County commissioner pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he under-reported his total income on three separate federal income tax returns, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Appearing before a U.S. district judge, the U.S. Attorney's Office said former Val Verde County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ramiro V. Ramon, 64, pleaded guilty to three counts of false statements on income tax returns.

Ramon managed a Val Verde County real estate project called "The Ranch" since 2005, according to court records. Ramon accepted between 2005 and 2012 approximately $47,000 in payments from a San Antonio developer, approximately $10,500 from a group of New Braunfels business owners and $5,000 from a California businessman to manage the property.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ramon, admittedly, failed to report the total income he received from managing "The Ranch" on his electronically filed federal income tax returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ramon faces up to three years in federal prison for each charge, as well as a to-be-determined-amount of restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ramon served as Val Verde County Precinct 1 commissioner from 2003 through Jan. 2 of this year. The U.S. Attorney's Office said he remains on bond pending sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.



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