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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pace Doctor Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Dr. Sheila Mohammed, 55, of Pace, Florida, pled guilty today to seven counts of submitting false tax returns.  The guilty plea was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

During her plea, Dr. Mohammed admitted that she signed and caused to be filed, false personal tax returns that grossly underreported her total income for tax years 2010 through 2013.  In addition, Dr. Mohammed admitted that, as president and owner of The Industrial Medicine Institute, Inc., a medical practice in Pace, Florida, she signed and caused to be filed, false corporate tax returns for The Industrial Medicine Institute, Inc., for the years 2010 through 2012.

As part of the plea agreement, Dr. Mohammed agreed that the restitution amount owed for her crimes is $255,158, and she has agreed to make full restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Sentencing is scheduled by Chief United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers on July 20, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.  Dr. Mohammed faces maximum penalties of 21 years in prison (three years for each count) and a $700,000 fine ($100,000 for each count).

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany H. Eggers.

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serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.   For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern

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Updated April 23, 2015