A federal grand jury indicted a Cincinnati man with a scheme involving approximately $1.6 million in false claims to the IRS.
Said Abuhelal, 33, was formally charged Wednesday with
one count of conspiracy to file false claims for income tax refunds with the
IRS, five counts of filing false claims for federal income tax refunds with the
IRS and one count of obstruction.
to the indictment, the allegations involved Abuhelal and others between January 2008 and April 2010. Abuhelal and others allegedly participated in a scheme to
obtain income tax refunds from the IRS by filing
false federal income tax returns for at least the 2007 through 2009 tax
Authorities said the income tax refunds totaled approximately
Abuhelal allegedly prepared and
filed five fraudulent federal income tax returns. In addition, prosecutors believe he tried to alter certain documents and remove files from his office that were the subject of a summons issued to him in connection with the investigation.
The case was
investigated by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation.