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ABQ man indicted on tax evasion charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man has been indicted on 10 counts of tax fraud or evasion over $20,000, a second-degree felony, after state tax enforcers say he failed to turn over the state’s portion of his holdings.

Karl Pergola, 52, also faces 14 additional charges of attempt to defeat or evade tax, a fourth-degree felony.

The state’s Taxation and Revenue Department announced Pergola’s indictment earlier this month but has not provided details of the case.

Pergola’s indictment in 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque says only that between 2012 and 2015 Pergola “did remove, conceal, or release property on which levy was authorized” or aided in that effort. What exactly that means isn’t clear, and a Tax and Revenue spokesman did not answer questions, referring only to the indictment.

Pergola referred questions to his attorney, Rafael Padilla, who did not return a call for comment.

Pergola has owned Rock House LLC construction company. He has been sued in the past for non-payment of bills. And he faces a lawsuit from GandyDancer construction company, which constructs railroads.

The suit alleges Pergola’s company stole employees and unfairly competed against GandyDancer. Some of those allegations were dismissed, but the case remains active while awaiting a ruling from the state Court of Appeals.

Pergola in 2017 donated $11,000 to gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham and $1,500 to lieutenant governor candidate Howie Morales, both Democrats.