Crime

Doctor pleads guilty to $2m tax evasion

The defendant faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment

A Virginia doctor has pleaded guilty to the failure to pay employment and corporate taxes of over $2m.

Arshad Pervez Cheema owned and operated Walk-In Medical Centre PC, located in Falls Church and Herndon from 2011 to 2018.

While running the medical practice, Cheema was “responsible for collecting and paying to the IRS payroll taxes”, which consisted of “social security, medicare, and income taxes that had been withheld from his employees’ wages, as well as an employer portion”.

According to court documents, from 2012 to 2016 Cheema failed to pay over $500,000 in payroll taxes, instead using the funds for other business ventures.

Cheema also failed to pay employment taxes for another doctor’s office, Falls Church Family Care PC, bringing the total he owed the IRS to more than $2m.

At sentencing, which is scheduled for 23 June 2021, Cheema faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

Moreover, the defendant could also be insured with a period of supervised release, restitution, and a fine.

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