La Mesa Tax Preparer Guilty of Fraud and ID Theft

A La Mesa tax preparer was convicted Thursday of 32 felony counts related to his business, including identity theft and tax, Social Security and Medi-Cal fraud.

Saleh Mahmoud Zahran, 50, was found guilty by a jury of the charges following a two-week trial in U.S. District Court in San Diego. His wife, 35- year-old Maysa Ahmad Hason, previously pleaded guilty to similar allegations in the case.

Zahran owns a business that has operated under two names — Akel Business Services and Silva Bookkeeping and Tax Services, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Additionally, Zahran employed numerous fictitious names and used the identities and Social Security numbers of several of his clients’ children without their knowledge.


Related: U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release

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