A Vallejo man pleaded not guilty Friday in Sacramento federal court to charges that he filed a false claim for a tax refund in 2009 to steal nearly $2 million from the IRS.
He is also accused in the same grand jury indictment, along with his wife, who pleaded not guilty, of conspiring to launder at least part of the money by moving it through and into various bank accounts, including one in Cyprus, an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Marty Marciano Boone, 54, and Ronda Boone, 53, were arrested earlier Friday and their custody was continued at the arraignment pending a further hearing on bail Tuesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Dolan told U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney that he sees the Boones as flight risks and asked that they be held without bail.
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Dolan said the couple denied having any foreign investments or bank accounts when they were interviewed after their arrests by a court officer.
“That’s not our information,” said Dolan, citing the more than $100,000 deposited in the Bank of Cyprus during 2010 and 2011, and a $250,000 investment in a gold mine in Peru.
“Substantial assets outside the country raise the possibility they could be used for flight,” Delaney said.
Marty Boone is also charged with a false income tax return for 2008.
According to a report to Delaney from the interviewing court officer, Marty Boone earns $100,000 a year as an automobile mechanic and Ronda Boone works as a caterer.
Denny Walsh: 916-321-1189