Last week, it was announced that a Denham, Massachusetts man had pleaded guilty in Boston to conspiring to defraud the United States by impeding the lawful functions of the IRS. Court documents show that Ayaz Ali Shah was the co-owner and operator of New York Friend Chicken and Pizza. The restaurant was located in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
The indictment alleged that Shah and his co-defendants, Muhamad Siuyab Khan and Khurshed Jehan Badshah, conspired to defraud the United States government from 2009 to 2014. The three individuals owned twenty percent of the business. During the five-year period, Shah and the co-conspirators allegedly agreed to under report the business’s net profit, cost of goods sold, and gross receipts.
The false amounts were reported on Shah’s 2012 and 2013 individual tax returns as well. The cases involving Khan and Badshah are pending. At this point in time, Khan and Badshah are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Shah is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19, 2019. At that time, he will face a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge. Further details have been made available here.