Leesburg Telecommunications Consultant Charged with Filing False Tax Returns
WASHINGTON – Mizanur Rahman, of Leesburg, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2005 and 2006.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Rick A. Raven, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation’s Washington, D.C., Field Office; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the indictment was returned.
According to the indictment, Rahman worked as a consultant for an “International Corporation” that contracted for and managed projects in Bangladesh. Rahman, through E-ssn High Tech and Environment, Ltd. (“E-ssn”) contracted with the International Corporation to provide consulting services to the International Corporation to assist in obtaining telecommunications contracts in Bangladesh. Between November 2004 and September 2006, the International Corporation paid Rahman approximately $1.7 million. Rahman allegedly deposited his consulting fee into a bank account in Hong Kong under the name of Jupiter International, a company that Rahman owned. The indictment further alleges that for tax years 2005 and 2006, Rahman willfully filed false individual income tax returns with the IRS that substantially underreported his total income.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. Rahman faces a maximum potential sentence of six years in prison, if convicted.
This case was investigated by Washington Field Offices of the IRS Criminal Investigation and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Uzo Asonye, the Department of Justice’s Tax Division Trial Attorney Caryn Finley and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Trial Attorney Joey Lipton are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.More information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division and its enforcement efforts is available at www.usdoj.gov/tax/.