A New Jersey tax preparer and a Mesa man have been charged in connection with roles in conspiracies to commit wire fraud and defraud the IRS, and for aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced recently.
Omar Khater, 32, of Fairfield, New Jersey, and Walid Khater, 37, of Mesa, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a release.
Khater is scheduled to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andre M. Espinosa in Newark federal court. Khater is to appear on Jan. 19 before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in federal court in Arizona.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The wire fraud conspiracy count is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison; the count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison; and each count aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, to run consecutively to any term of imprisonment on the underlying felony, the release states.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins, and special agents of FBI-Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fatime M. Cano of the Economic Crimes Unit and Katherine M. Romano of the Health Care Fraud Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.