Esam Salah, age 54, of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was charged today by information with one count of tax evasion, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. The information charges that from January 2008 through April 2011, Salah, who was the president and sole shareholder of several restaurants in the Philadelphia area, did not report to the Internal Revenue Service approximately $2,769,813 in cash revenue that he used to pay employee salaries at two of his restaurants. Also according to the information, he failed to pay approximately $506,875 due for federal employee tax withholding and required Social Security and Medicare taxes.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, a three year period of supervised release, $ 250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Judy G. Smith.
An Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.