- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - A New York man who had ownership stakes in several fried chicken restaurants in the Boston area has pleaded guilty to tax and insurance fraud as well as visa and immigration fraud in an effort to remain in the United States unlawfully.

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Hazrat Khalid Khan, of Middletown, New York, entered a plea Wednesday. Sentencing is August 16.

Authorities say Khan, a Pakistani national, and others - generally the managers at the restaurants - lied to the IRS about the number of employees by not including those in the U.S. illegally, paid workers in cash, and falsely reported sales and income to avoid payroll and income taxes.

He also provided tax preparers with false information about the restaurants’ payroll and income causing them to file false returns.

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