SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Daly City man who fled to Canada and hid for over 20 years to avoid sentencing on charges of filing a false tax return made his first court appearance Tuesday after he was found on Facebook, officials said.

Francisco R. Legaspi, 61, of London, Ontario, Canada and formerly of Daly City, pleaded guilty in November 1992 of filing one false tax return with Mission Childcare Consortium, an education-based child care program in San Francisco's Mission District, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. However, Legaspi skipped town before his sentencing in January 1993.

Legaspi was found in Canada in 2012, after the Bureau of Diplomatic Security found his Facebook page. He was subsequently arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and extradited to the United States, Haag said in a news release.

Legaspi has pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court, and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 8.

The maximum penalty for aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns is three years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum penalty for failure to appear is two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Contact Katie Nelson at 408-920-5006 and follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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