WASHINGTON—Mizanur Rahman, of Leesburg, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2005 and 2006.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Rick A. Raven, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation’s Washington, D.C. Field Office; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the indictment was returned.
According to the indictment, Rahman worked as a consultant for an “International Corporation” that contracted for and managed projects in Bangladesh. Rahman, through E-ssn High Tech and Environment Ltd. (“E-ssn”), contracted with the International Corporation to provide consulting services to the International Corporation to assist in obtaining telecommunications contracts in Bangladesh. Between November 2004 and September 2006, the International Corporation paid Rahman approximately $1.7 million. Rahman allegedly deposited his consulting fee into a bank account in Hong Kong under the name of Jupiter International, a company that Rahman owned. The indictment further alleges that for tax years 2005 and 2006, Rahman willfully filed false individual income tax returns with the IRS that substantially underreported his total income.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. Rahman faces a maximum potential sentence of six years in prison, if convicted.