SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Since June 2015, Cody Bass and his lawyer have been in court docket preventing a authorized battle that began when multiple agencies served a search warrant on both the Tahoe Wellness Cooperative (the identify of the Tahoe Wellness Middle on the time) and proprietor Bass’s South Lake Tahoe dwelling. Companies have been additionally at Bass’s property in Mendocino to conduct a search on the similar time.
The El Dorado County Grand Jury had accused Bass of submitting a false earnings tax return in an effort to evade private earnings tax in 2012 and 2013, and that he did not file an earnings tax return in 2014, and did not pay earnings tax in 2011. Submitting a false return is a felony, failing to pay is a misdemeanor.
That every one got here to an finish Friday, October 1. Bass informed Decide Suzanne Kingsbury he waived his proper to a jury trial, and plead no contest to a violation of Tax Code 19706. This code states it is a crime to willfully fail to file any return, or to provide any data with intent to evade any tax imposed.
“We resolved the case with no request for forgiveness, solely as a result of a plea introduced the best choice to resolve the state of affairs,” Bass informed South Tahoe Now.
His no contest plea prevented the potential of going to court docket on all authentic counts, a few of which have been felonies.
Bass, who’s a first-term South Lake Tahoe metropolis councilperson, must pay $136,508.51 in restitution to the IRS plus $5,000 in court docket fines. Going ahead he should file all tax returns on time. Bass and his lawyer William Panzer knowledgeable Decide Kingsbury his 2020 taxes weren’t filed on April 15, 2021 however that an extension was filed and he’ll file by October 15.
The choose gave Bass a one-year court docket probation and informed him his should obey all legal guidelines. Bass was arrested by the California Freeway Patrol on September 25, 2021 on suspicion of driving below the affect of medicine. For the reason that choose’s ruling got here after the suspected DUI, it will not fall below her order of following all legal guidelines.