A local acupuncturist pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony tax fraud charges. Diana Roman, 43, is accused of running a fake non-profit to receive a tax break on hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The front, according to investigators was a dog rescue called Oliver’s Rescue Mission. It was registered with the California Secretary of State’s Office in 2009.
There’s even a Facebook page with photos of animals the rescue said were available for adoption. Investigators said there were never any dogs rescued or rehomed by the organization.
According to court documents, Roman claimed she donated nearly $700,000-thousand dollars to the non-existent charity. but investigators say the money actually was spent on her mother’s personal expenses.
Additionally, Roman is accused of not reporting a million and a half dollars of income she made as an acupuncturist.
17’s Kristin Price also spoke with Roman today. She did not want to comment on the case. She is out on bail and is scheduled to appear in court in December.