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A La Plata doctor pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury by accepting fraudulent tax deductions.
Abdul Razaq practices in Waldorf but resides in La Plata. Through the doctor’s scheme, which spanned decades, at least $3.5 million was funneled from the Pakistani government to fund Kashmir lobbying efforts in the U.S., according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The 67-year-old Razaq, according to the statement of facts from the court proceedings, was a “straw donor” who worked with others to conceal that the Kashmiri American Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, was funded by the Pakistani government, including its military intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency.
Razaq sat on the board of another nonprofit, the New York-based Society for International Help. On tax records, Razaq claimed charitable deductions to the SIH and KAC despite being reimbursed for them. Razaq also sent checks to KAC President Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai.
All told, Razaq helped funnel $134,850 to the KAC and $90,655 to the SIH. He received $139,537.87 back.
The investigation of the case was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg, trial attorney John Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Ickovic of the Justice Department’s Tax Division led the prosecution, according to an FBI release.
Razaq worked as an orthopedic surgeon. According to online records, he still has his medical license in Maryland. Razaq is scheduled for sentencing in July. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.