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N.J. Preparer Draws 57 Months

 A tax preparer has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for wire fraud and defrauding the Internal Revenue Service. Omar Khater of Fairfield, N.J., has also been ordered to pay $4.49 million in restitution to the IRS.

Khater, who pleaded guilty on January 24, while a conspirator, Walid Khater of Arizona, pleaded guilty on May 23 to similar charges. He has not been sentenced. The two are related, but how, was not stated in an IRS statement.

The Khaters filed documents claiming taxpayers listed on them earned income or won thousands, and some cases millions of dollars, via gambling and lottery winnings, while claiming fake withholdings on the income.

The IRS said Omar and Walid Khater and others used stolen identifies to file fraudulent tax returns, submitting the returns without the knowledge of the victims, which led the IRS to issue $4.49 million in tax refunds to the pair

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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