FORMER METAIRIE RESIDENT, ANIL PATEL, CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD
ANIL PATEL, age 45, formerly a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged in a bill of information today with filing a false tax return, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to court documents, on August 6, 2009, PATEL signed and filed a 2008 U. S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) with the Internal Revenue Service. The tax return allegedly did not report approximately $426,744 in income.
If convicted, PATEL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 3 years, as well as a fine of $250,000 and 1 year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service and the prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri.
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