On Wednesday, it was announced that a Minneapolis, Minnesota man had been sentenced to prison for conspiracy, tax fraud and failing to appear on the day of trial. 52-year-old Hassan Osman was sentenced to 108 months in prison. The defendant was found guilty on September 21, 2017 after a four-day trial. He was convicted on one count of conspiracy, 13 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and one count of unlawful flight from prosecution.
Between January of 2008 and April of 2011, Osman and his co-conspirators devised and carried out a tax fraud scheme by filing false income tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. The returns were filed using fake W-2s created in the name of several front companies. The majority of the returns were filed electronically from coffee shops or from a business in south Minneapolis owned by the defendant.
Then, the refunds were split between Osman and his co-conspirators. Many times, the fraudulent refunds were deposited onto prepaid debit cards and sent to addresses controlled by Osman and his co-conspirators. During the course of the conspiracy, Osman and his co-conspirators filed at least 90 income tax returns claiming roughly $1,012,877 in fraudulent tax refunds.
Osman was arrested on April 17, 2015. He was later released on bond. On July 28, 2015, Osman failed to show for a court ordered pretrial conference. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Osman was arrested in Toronto, Canada on April 14, 2016 and was later extradited back to the United States. Again, Hassan Osman had been sentenced to 108 months in prison.
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