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Cleveland-Area physician indicted on tax counts

Sept. 13, 2012


A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a three-count indictment against Charles K. Abunyewa, age 42, for filing false tax returns, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges Abunyewa with two counts of filing false individual income tax returns for the years 2007 and 2008 and one count of filing a false corporate income tax return for 2008.

The indictment alleges that during the years 2007 and 2008, Abunyewa, a licensed physician, owned and operated two clinics and a pharmacy in the Cleveland, Ohio area, including East Cleveland Healthcare, Inc. 

The indictment alleges that on his individual income tax returns for the years 2007 and 2008 returns, Abunyewa claimed total income of $58,747 and $201,150, respectively, when he knew those amounts to be understated. 

The indictment also charges that Abunyewa’s 2008 individual income tax return is false because Abunyewa falsely reported that he did not have a foreign bank account. 

In addition, the indictment charges Abunyewa with filing a false corporate income tax return on behalf of East Cleveland Healthcare, Inc. that underreported business gross receipts and overstated business expenses and deductions on the 2008 corporate tax return.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses, and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Collyer and Special Assistant United States Attorney Perry D. Mastrocola, following an investigation by the Akron Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 


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