Oahu Transit worker
faces tax indictment

An Oahu grand jury has indicted an Oahu Transit Services employee for evading taxes during a four-year period.

Vernon L. Silva was also charged with filing false and fraudulent statements and willful failure to file his return in timely manner.

The four-count indictment covers tax evasion for 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001; filing false and fraudulent statements for 1999 and 2000; and failing to file income an income tax return on time in 1999.

Silva declined comment on the indictment.

Tax evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and no more than five years imprisonment. Filing a false tax return is punishable by up to three years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

Failure to file a timely return is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $25,000.


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