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In Va, pair get prison for defrauding IRS

Wednesday - 8/28/2013, 8:10am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge in Virginia has sentenced two men to prison for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service out of about $18 million.

U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Wilson in Roanoke sentenced one-time Roanoke convenience store owner Muawia "Mike" Abdeljalil and Khaldoun "Tony" Khawaja, a Florida businessman, on Tuesday.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1dmkFXj) that Abdeljalil was sentenced to more than four years and Khawaja was sentenced to nearly six years.

The two previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and other counts. Prosecutors said the men illegally obtained and deposited fraudulent income tax refunds.

The judge also ordered the men to repay the money taken in an elaborate scheme.

Another man convicted in the scheme is set to be sentenced next month.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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