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Alameda man faces sentencing on federal tax charges

Submitted by on 1, December 7, 2010 – 12:00 amNo Comment

A manager and partner at San Francisco’s popular El Balazo restaurants faces sentencing Thursday on charges he failed to pay taxes and that he hired illegal aliens.

Francisco Sandoval, 54, of Alameda pleaded guilty to the charges on August 30, the United States Attorney’s office for Northern California announced Monday.

Sandoval’s sister and brother-in-law and the owners of the restaurants, Nicole and Marino Sandoval of Pleasanton, face a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of tax evasion and hiring and harboring illegal aliens. Each is free on a $100,000 bond, and they are scheduled to appear in court on January 31, 2011.

Prosecutors claim Nicole and Marino Sandoval under-reported the restaurants’ earnings. They said federal agents raided several of the couple’s Bay Area restaurants in May 2008 and arrested 64 illegal alien workers.

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