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Tax Preparer Gets 11 Years in Slammer

Saleh Mahmoud Zahran was sentenced today (April 8) to 11 years in prison for income tax evasion, multiple filings of false claims, conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, Medi-Cal fraud and witness tampering, following a two-week trial in federal court. He filed 40 fraudulent federal tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and received more than $81,000 in refunds. He also evaded $245,000 in federal tax for the years 1997-2004 by holding bank accounts and property under false names and fraudulently obtaining Social Security numbers, among other things. He obtained Social Security numbers for false identities for several family members. He also fraudulently understated his financial status to get medical care under Medi-Cal in 2002. He also fraudulently obtained food stamps and subsidized housing benefits.

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Saleh Mahmoud Zahran was sentenced today (April 8) to 11 years in prison for income tax evasion, multiple filings of false claims, conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, Medi-Cal fraud and witness tampering, following a two-week trial in federal court. He filed 40 fraudulent federal tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and received more than $81,000 in refunds. He also evaded $245,000 in federal tax for the years 1997-2004 by holding bank accounts and property under false names and fraudulently obtaining Social Security numbers, among other things. He obtained Social Security numbers for false identities for several family members. He also fraudulently understated his financial status to get medical care under Medi-Cal in 2002. He also fraudulently obtained food stamps and subsidized housing benefits.

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product of a mid eastern university no doubt

April 9, 2011

His clientele was largely Arab. I don't know where he went to college. Best, Don Bauder

April 9, 2011

As sentences for this sort of thing go, he really got clobbered. It must be noted that his offenses were many and varied. Will this scare some others, especially in his occupation, into going straight? Could be. And it would be nice to think so.

April 9, 2011

It sounds like a stiff sentence until you realize all the tricks that he played. He gamed the system about every way possible. Best, Don Bauder

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