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New Hampshire Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Filing False Tax Returns
FEBRUARY 14, 2012

Boston - A New Hampshire man was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months in prison for filing false tax returns, significantly understating his income, from 2003 through 2006.

Joseph Minai, 43, of Hampton Falls, NH, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf to 18 months in prison to be followed by 12 months supervised release. Chief Judge Wolf also ordered Minai to pay $206,022 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and a $10,000 fine. Minai previously pled guilty in Nov. 2010.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the government would have proven that, from 2003 through 2006, Minai worked for an information technology company and reported his income from this job on his federal income tax returns. In each of these years, however, he failed to report the significant additional income he received from his side job – doing consulting work and selling computer hardware to several local companies. That additional unreported income totaled more than $700,000, leading Minai to avoid paying more than $200,000 in taxes.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Services’ Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Bookbinder in Ortiz’s Computer Crimes Unit.




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