Medical doctor pleads guilty in federal court to filing false income tax return
By WKTV News
Story Created: May 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT
Story Updated: May 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM EDT
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- A Medical doctor who once operated in the Utica and New Hartford areas has pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false personal income tax return.
According to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Fadi J. Bejjani, 56, currently residing in Roseland, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to filing a false personal income tax return in tax year 2007.
Bejjani is a medical doctor who operated COPPS Medical, P.C., a pain management center located in Utica and later in New Hartford. From 2005-2008, he received income that came to $538,110 over and above the income he reported on his personal tax returns.
Authorities said this was accomplished by Bejjani directing that payments received by his medical practice, COPPS, be diverted and deposited into private or personal accounts rather than being deposited into the COPPS business account.
In his plea agreement, Bejjani admitted he failed to include $139,381 as income on his 2005 personal federal tax return,$127,532 as income on his 2006 personal federal tax return,$161,135 as income on his 2007 personal federal tax return, and $110,062 as income on his 2008 personal federal tax return. Bejjani knew the returns he filed each year were false because each substantially under reported his income for that year.
As a result, Bejjani owes $164,409 in back taxes for the years 2005-2008.
United States District Court Judge Norman A. Mordue scheduled sentencing for September 11, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Syracuse. Bejjani faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of $250,000. In addition, the defendant will be required to pay all back taxes due and owing for the tax years 2005-2008.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward R. Broton.