Newport Beach resident Jolene Engel, who faces charges of not reporting millions of dollars on her tax returns, was in court Friday morning, but the judge was absent because of a death in his family.
After Engel failed to show up in court Tuesday, Judge William R. Froeberg ordered the 59-year-old to be present Friday; otherwise, he said, a warrant for her arrest would be issued.
Engel’s court date was rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. March 5 in Room C40 at the Santa Ana Court House.
According to the state tax board, Engel and her former husband Richard Engel failed to report a gross income of nearly $190 million from his Huntington Beach-based company, Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. They owe about $9 million in state corporate income taxes, officials said.
The Engels also allegedly failed to report more than $12.2 million in personal income on their taxes from 1998 to 2000. They owe more than $2 million in penalties, tax board officials said.
— Mona Shadia