A medical doctor living in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to filing a false personal income tax return for the year 2007.
Fadi J. Bejjani, 56, of Roseland, N.J., operated COPPS Medical, P.C., a pain management center in Utica, N.Y., and later in New Hartford, N.Y. With degrees from the University of Paris and New York University, Bejjani had 32 years of medical experience and specialized in spine, trunk and limbs.
From 2005 to 2008, he had income of approximately $538,110 over and above what he reported on his personal tax returns.
Bejjani accomplished this by diverting payments to his medical practice to personal accounts.
In his plea agreement, Bejjani admitted he failed to include $139,381 as income on his 2005 tax return, $127,532 on his 2006 tax return, $161,135 on his 2007 tax return, and $110,062 on his 2008 tax return.
As a result, Bejjani owes $164,409 in back taxes.
He faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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