A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Modesto physician who faces felony charges of state income tax evasion and fraud after the man failed to appear in court, the Franchise Tax Board announced Thursday.
Thomas Kaschak, 51, a self-employed orthopedic surgeon, was to be arraigned on three felony charges of tax evasion when he skipped his hearing.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Córdova issued the bench warrant Tuesday.
Kaschak's defense attorney, Frank Carson, said his client was traveling out of state and called the warrant merely "grandstanding."
"He's not a fugitive," Carson said. "It's just much ado about nothing."
Carson said Kaschak's trial has been set for March 23.
"We're confident that if not a judge, certainly a jury would find the behavior they're complaining of is just silly," Carson said of the allegations.
Kaschak already faces five felony charges on accusations of failing to file his state income tax returns from 2000 to 2004, according to tax board officials. Kaschak earned more than $1.6 million during these years and owes the state nearly $138,000 in unpaid taxes, not counting penalties, interest and investigation costs that could double the tax bill, the tax board said.
The new charges, filed Jan. 12, claim Kaschak racked up an additional $58,000 in back taxes while he was out on bail.
If convicted of all counts, Kaschak could face as much as nine years in prison.
Kaschak, who works under contract at Memorial Medical Center, has performed more than 1,100 procedures there since 1996, state officials said. He also operated a medical software service, Consolidated Practice Management Inc., and an office on 14th Street in downtown Modesto that since has closed, tax board officials said.
Kaschak told The Bee in 2007 that he cares for trauma patients who come through the emergency room at Memorial and sees patients in a clinic there. He said his routine is to work for a week at the hospital and then return to Nevada where he said he lives.
Kaschak is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 16.
Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2337.