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Former Corpus Christi School Board Member Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

A former member of the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) Board, John Longoria, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

The investigation into Longoria's financial activities began in December 2018, sparked by suspicions surrounding an extensive two-year remodeling project at his residence. Authorities executed several search warrants in November 2020, leading to revelations about Longoria's financial misreporting to the IRS for the tax years 2014 through 2016.

Longoria admitted to failing to disclose all income he received in the form of goods, property, or services during that period. As part of his plea, he has agreed to pay restitution to the Department of the Treasury in the amount of $187,315.

U.S. District Judge David S. Morales is scheduled to impose sentencing on January 24, 2024. Longoria could face up to three years in federal prison and a possible maximum fine of $100,000 at that time. He has been permitted to remain on bond until the hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt prosecuting the case.

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