The Adams County assessor, Gil Reyes, has recently accepted a plea deal in his case that will take the possibility of being sentenced to jail off the table and will drop eight of the nine misdemeanor charges of misconduct in his case.
In exchange for this plea deal, Reyes will be pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor misconduct and will have a one year deferred sentence of unsupervised probation, which could be reduced to nine months if Reyes complies with all stipulations of his probation and is not charged with any additional crimes during this time frame. Additionally, if Reyes is seen as compliant with the courts during his probation, all charges will be dropped from his criminal record. If Reyes did not accept the plea deal in this case and was ultimately convicted on all nine counts of misconduct, he could have faced up to nine years in jail, as well as a longer probationary sentence.
According to court documents associated with this case, Reyes stood accused of grossly undervaluing various properties owned by a California-based real estate company, Majestic Realty, Co., which had contributed thousands of dollars to Reyes’ political campaigns in the past. In total, Reyes slashed the estimated value of Majestic Realty’s property by more than $20 million, which ended up saving the company upwards of $800,000 in property taxes in 2010 alone. Suspicion of Reyes’ alleged misconduct first came to light when the Board of Equalization uncovered certain violations committed by Reyes; later, as more evidence of Reyes’ alleged misconduct surfaced, the FBI was called in to aid in the investigation.
The authorities take allegations of white collar crimes, particularly those involving allegedly defrauding the government and tax payers, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any white collar crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.