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.

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

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

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