On Thursday, it was announced that a man from Olney, Maryland had pleaded guilty to wire fraud in relation to the filing of fraudulent tax returns. 51-year-old Mehlek Dawveed pleaded guilty. Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced the guilty plea. According to the plea agreement, from 2011 through 2014, the defendant filed fraudulent Income Tax Returns for the 2010 and 2011 years. The fraudulent returns resulted in Dawveed receiving a refund in the amount of $977.558.
After receiving the funds, Dawveed wired the money from a Kansas City, Missouri bank to his account in Maryland. Then, the defendant paid off the remaining balance on his mortgage. He also deposited a $250,000 check into a bank account controlled by his wife. Dawveed also wrote several checks into accounts controlled by him, close associates or family members.
On February 18, 2012, Dawveed filed a fraudulent income tax return for 2011. He requested a refund in the amount of $1,324,961. The falsely requested refund was not issued. Then, the defendant submitted an Amended Tax Return and changed his taxable interest income from $1,486,902 to $0. He also promised to submit a payment of $5,000,000 million dollars to the IRS. No such payment was ever made. The defendant now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Dawveed will be sentenced on May 21, 2018.
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