Plea agreement reached in tax evasion case - Tucson Local Media: News

Plea agreement reached in tax evasion case

Defendant faces 3 years in prison, $250,000 fine

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:00 am

Tucson resident Mary Brooke Martino signed a plea agreement Thursday, in which she admitted to filing false tax returns between 2002-2006 for Anthony’s in the Catalinas, a restaurant she co-owns with husband Anthony Martino.

Mary Brooke Martino, 61, faces up to three years in prison, and a $250,000 fine for knowingly filing false or no tax returns for both the couple’s personal and business finances over five years.

Martino primarily handled the finances for the upscale restaurant, while her husband managed the catering and service aspect.

According to the plea agreement, Martino and her husband did not file timely income tax returns from 2002 through 2006 until they were contacted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Unit in 2008.

In March 2008, the defendants filed a handwritten 1040 EZ form, which only reported gambling winnings, and no other income for any of the five tax years.

The government contends the applicable tax loss for the five-year period is between $200,000 and $400,000.

As part of the plea agreement, Anthony Martino, who is still managing the couple’s restaurant at 6440 N. Campbell Ave., will not be charged with tax evasion or attempted tax evasion.

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