Sep 16, 2011 8:53 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Restaurateur gets prison, fine in tax fraud case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former manager of several Baton Rouge restaurants has been sentenced to four months in federal prison and four months in a halfway house for helping other people commit tax fraud.
The Advocate reports 37-year-old Mohamed H. Ruman also was ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson to pay restitution of $56,000 to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Ruman pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and admitted he helped underreport taxable payrolls at restaurants owned by an uncle, Jamal M. Roman.
J. Rodney Baum, Ruman's attorney, argued for a sentence of probation.
Roman is scheduled to be sentenced by Jackson on Oct. 13.


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