Department of Justice throws out falsification, tax evasion raps vs actor

January 30, 2019

THE Department of Justice yesterday junked in separate resolutions the falsification of public documents and P38.57-million tax evasion charges filed against actor Richard Gutierrez for lack of evidence.

In a resolution, Assistant State Prosecutor Christine Perolino said the complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for violation of the National Internal Revenue Code was insufficient to sustain probable cause against Gutierrez and his company, RGUTZ Productions Corporation.

The BIR accused Gutierrez and RGUTZ Productions of committing two counts of violation of the Tax Code.

The result of the BIR’s matching process showed that the income declared by Gutierrez’s firm worth P311,000 was much smaller than its actual earnings of P39.9 million.

The BIR said Gutierrez’s camp had also failed to file an income tax return in 2012.

In the other resolution, the DoJ also dismissed the falsification of public documents and perjury charges against Gutierrez who was accused of submitting falsified tax documents and perjured affidavits to debunk the P38.57-million tax evasion case filed against him in 2017.

Perolino said BIR’s complaint was inadequate to sustain probable cause.

“As we find complainant’s evidence inadequate to sustain a finding of probable cause for falsification against the respondent, there is no necessity to dwell and discuss the other charges because the same hinged on whether falsification was attendant in this case. Hence, there is no outcome but the dismissal of case,” the resolution read in part.