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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2011

Comptroller Promotes Martin Cano to Chief of Criminal Investigations

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that peace officer Martin D. Cano, Jr., a 20-year veteran tax auditor and tax fraud investigator at the Comptroller’s office has been promoted to chief of the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

“Martin has earned the rank of chief through his expertise and dedication to catching tax cheaters and seeing that they are brought to justice,” Combs said. “We are fortunate to have a tax fraud expert of Martin’s caliber on our team.”

Cano served as deputy chief of criminal investigations since 2006, overseeing the division’s field operations throughout the state. The Victoria native is nationally known for his expertise in major tax fraud investigations, particularly those involving motor fuels tax and tobacco tax. His knowledge and skills are frequently called upon by federal, state and local law enforcement. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer in tax fraud investigation.

Combs announced that law enforcement and CID veteran Jim Harris will replace Cano as deputy chief of criminal investigations. Harris came to the Comptroller’s office in 2003 after working for law enforcement in the Houston area for 22 years, including service for the Houston Police Department and the Bellaire Police Department.

“Jim’s investigative skills are a valuable asset to the CID, putting a stop to tax scams and helping to recover millions of dollars in potentially lost tax revenue,” Combs said.

The Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division investigates and seeks prosecution for tax evasion, tax fraud and other Tax Code violations. Some of the most common criminal operations include sales tax violations, cigarette and tobacco tax scams, motor fuels tax evasion and evasion of motor vehicle taxes by falsification or failure to transfer title documents. To learn more about CID, including investigative successes, visit www.window.state.tx.us/about/cid/.

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