WASHINGTON – Ashraf Hassan-Gouda, a former resident of Mays Landing, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count of assisting in the preparation of a false federal individual income tax return, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Hassan-Gouda was charged by a federal indictment returned on March 27, 2007.
According to court documents, during 2003, Hassan-Gouda was the owner of Tax World, a tax preparation business located in Atlantic City, N.J. Hassan-Gouda prepared the false tax return for a client at his business.
The matter had been scheduled for trial beginning May 6, 2013 before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden, N.J. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2013. Hassan-Gouda faces a maximum potential sentence of three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Tax Division Kathryn Keneally thanked special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation, for investigating the case, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Yael Epstein, Thomas Voracek and Shawn Noud, who prosecuted the case.