A former Daly City man who has been on the lam since 1993 when he failed to appear at a sentencing hearing for tax fraud was discovered in Canada by authorities who found his Facebook page.
Francisco R. Legaspi was extradited back to the United States and made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday on the indictment charging him with failing to appear. Legaspi pleaded not guilty and was ordered back July 8 to United States District Court in San Francisco.
Legaspi, formerly of Daly City, was originally indicted Aug. 19, 1992, on three counts of aiding and filing false quarterly employment tax returns for Mission Childcare Consortium. In 1989, Legaspi claimed to have made $37,442.12 in federal tax deposits although the consortium had actually made only $10,715.68 for the quarter. In 1989, he similarly claimed $46,422.24 in compensation for tax purposes while the truth was $143,679.40. On another occasion, Legaspi also misrepresented the compensation and taxation, according to the indictment.
That November, he pleaded guilty to one count and was due to be sentenced Jan. 28, 1993. He never showed up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In 2012, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security tracked down Legaspi’s Facebook page and found him living in London, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Legaspi.
Legaspi now faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine on top of the maximum three years and $250,000 fine carried by the false tax return charge.
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