Brownsville attorney sentenced for failing to file a financial reporting form

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A Brownsville attorney was sent to federal prison on Wednesday following conviction of failing to file a financial reporting form, according to authorities.

Guillermo Vega Jr., 70, pleaded guilty in May 2018, said a press release.

U.S. District Judge, Andrew S. Hanen, ordered Vega 13 months in prison immediately followed by three years of supervised release with an imposed $100,000 fine and restitution payable to the IRS, according to the release.

Officials said, when handling down the sentence, the court found Vega abused the public’s trust as he was an attorney.

During the plea, the court heard that on March 2011, Vega received $25,000 in cash for a single sale while operating the Law Office of Guillermo Vega Jr., said the release.

According to authorities, Vega failed to file appropriate forms to document the transaction.

As part of the plea agreement, Vega agreed to make a full restitution on the tax loss totaling $126,253, stated the release.

Vega was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future, informed officials.

IRS-Criminal Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation, stated the release.

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