SAN JOSE -- Owners of a South Bay charter bus company who provided transportation to a Central Valley casino are facing federal charges of tax fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Fidencio Moreno, Arturo Moreno and Elena Moreno, all from San Jose, were charged Tuesday based on an alleged scheme to underreport cash receipts from their bus charter company during a four-year period, according to the DOJ.

According to the federal indictment, Fidencio Moreno and Arturo Moreno were part owners of Quality Assurance Travel, Inc., a charter bus company based in Santa Clara. Elena Moreno, Fidencio Moreno's wife, was QAT's bookkeeper.

The indictment alleges QAT reported check payments on its corporate tax returns but failed to report cash payments made to drivers on regular trips to Chuckchansi Casino, located in Coarsegold, about 40 miles north of Fresno.

Prosecutors say QAT had a contract with Chuckchansi to provide transportation for casino guests. The contract included a minimum base amount to be paid by Chukchansi Casino for each bus trip completed by QAT.

Non-preferred casino guests paid the bus driver $20 for each round-trip in cash, which was the only accepted form of payment, according to prosecutors. Cash payments to the drivers were subtracted from the base contract amount. Chukchansi Casino paid QAT the remaining amount of the contract by check.


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A message left with Quality Assurance Travel on Friday was not immediately returned.

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