A Berkeley man was arraigned Tuesday on five counts of tax evasion and one count stealing $80,000 in Social Security checks.
Hugh Leslie Baras, 68, is accused of filing false tax returns from 2006 through 2009. The U.S. attorney's office alleges Baras told the IRS his income was $193,385 with a tax due of $29,705 for those years when his income really was $1.1 million with a tax due of $406,447.
An Aug. 30 indictment said Baras took Social Security payments that he was not entitled to from 2006 through 2009. At the time of the indictment he was not in custody. If Baras is convicted and given the maximum prison sentence, he could get 15 years in prison and a fine of about $1.7 million.
He was arraigned on the charges in federal district court in Oakland.
A call to Baras' home was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.