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Non-DOJ Individual Sentenced for Conspiring with a Former FBI Employee to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and for Aiding and Assisting in Subscribing to False Tax Returns


On September 22, 2019, a non-DOJ individual was sentenced to thirty months of imprisonment and two years of supervised released, and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and $459,075 in restitution, for two counts of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and four counts of aiding and assisting in subscribing to false tax returns.  Rao Desu was sentenced in the District of New Jersey. According to the evidence presented at trial, from in or about April 2004 through in or about November 2013, Desu conspired with a non-DOJ co-conspirator, who was previously employed by the FBI and previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the IRS, to conceal from the IRS the cash income that was earned by a pharmacy they co-owned in Piscataway, New Jersey.  Furthermore, from in or about June 2005 through in or about  November 2013, Desu conspired with the non-DOJ co-owner of another pharmacy located in Bronx, New York, to conceal from the IRS the cash income that was earned by the pharmacy as part of a separate cash-skimming scheme. The evidence presented at trial also showed that for tax years 2004 through 2012, Desu filed false corporate and personal income tax returns, which failed to disclose the cash Desu received from the two pharmacies. The investigation was conducted by the OIG’s New Jersey Area Office and the IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office. 

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