A 36-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he filed bogus tax returns and defrauded his employer of $159,000, authorities announced Wednesday.
Jose Antonio Sanchez was indicted on 16 counts of mail fraud and filing four fake tax returns in which he failed to report more than $340,000 in income to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the agency.
Sanchez allegedly filed bogus tax returns from 2005 to 2008, according to the 20-count federal indictment.
Sanchez appeared in court Tuesday to be arraigned on the allegations, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Paul Rochmes, who is handling the case.