Atlantic City, New Jersey, Bookkeeper Admits Lying To Federal Investigators
CAMDEN, N.J. – A bookkeeper at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, rolling chair company today admitted lying to federal agents during an investigation into unreported cash taken from the business, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Abdus Mian, 66, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of making materially false statements to federal agents.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Mian was the bookkeeper for Royal Rolling Chairs LLC, an Atlantic City business that provided rolling chair transportation services to patrons on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Mian admitted that he maintained a second set of books that tracked the cash that William Boland, 58, of Ventnor City, New Jersey, and two other owners were removing from the business and not reporting to the IRS.
Mian admitted that he was interviewed by IRS and FBI special agents on June 9, 2011, at which time he was asked questions about his role as bookkeeper. Mian falsely stated that he only maintained one set of books, never prepared a second set of books and was unaware of the owners taking cash out of the business.
The false statements charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is currently scheduled for July 29, 2015.
On Oct. 30, 2014, Boland admitted conspiring with his two partners at Royal Rolling Chairs to defraud the IRS of $119,880 in income taxes over the course of three years. Boland is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Rodriguez on July 14, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Skahill of the U.S. Attorney=s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Camden and Trial Attorney Tino Lisella of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Defense counsel: Steven I. Kaplan Esq., Northfield, New Jersey