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LAWYER CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD

Friday, September 17, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Needham man was charged today in federal court with tax evasion.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Office, announced today that Martin J. Ahlijanian, 48, of Needham, has been charged with tax evasion.

The one-count Information alleges that for the tax years 2004 through 2008,
Ahlijanian, a trained attorney, fraudulently claimed a deduction for monthly payments that he made to his ex-wife, even though his separation agreement and divorce decree made those payments nondeductible. Later, when questioned by the Internal Revenue Service, Ahlijanian provided agents with a forged court order and made written and oral misrepresentations to conceal his tax deficiencies. In total, Ahiljanian evaded approximately $132,216 in income taxes over a five-year period.

If convicted, Ahlijanian faces up to five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie L. Wacks of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

 

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