Doctor pleads guilty to not paying employment taxes

 

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Date: February 12, 2021

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Alexandria, VA — A doctor, formerly of Great Falls, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to willful failure to pay employment taxes.

According to court documents, from 2011 through 2018, Arshad Pervez Cheema owned and operated Walk-In Medical Center, PC, a medical practice located in Falls Church and Herndon, Virginia. 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. Over a four-year period from 2012 to 2016, Cheema willfully did not pay over $500,000 in payroll taxes. Instead, he used some of the withheld funds for other business ventures, including to open and run a restaurant in Washington, D.C. In addition, Cheema did not pay corporate taxes for Walk-In Medical Center, PC, nor did he pay employment taxes for another doctor's office, Falls Church Family Care PC, which he operated. In total, Cheema did not pay over $2 million in employment and corporate taxes.

U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga scheduled sentencing for June 23, 2021. At sentencing, Cheema faces a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment. Cheema also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and a fine.

Special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Trial Attorney Casey S. Smith and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell L. Carlberg, are prosecuting the case.