Maryland-based Orthopedic Surgeon Pleads Guilty to $3.5 Million Tax Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC: A Maryland-based orthopedic surgeon, Abdul Razaq, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud, part of a scheme to conceal a $3.5 million payment he received from the government of Pakistan.


According to a statement released by the FBI, Razaq received the enormous sum of money in installments over the course of a decade from Pakistan. The payoff was for his lobbying work in regards to Kashmir, although what exactly he was advocating has not been made clear.


The La Plata-based surgeon never reported the income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), however.


According to the FBI, he routed the money through the Society for International Help, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that Razaq is on the Board of Directors of, and another charity called the Kashmiri American Council.


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Monday, December 9, 2013 - 10:15pm