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New Hartford Physician Sentenced for Tax Evasion

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 14, 2012
  • Northern District of New York (315) 448-0672

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced today the sentencing of a New Hartford area physician following his guilty plea to tax charges.

Faddi J. Bejjani, 56, had pled guilty in U.S. District Court on May 7 to subscribing a false income tax return for the year 2007. From 2005 through 2008, Bejjani served as the president of his medical practice, C.O.P.P.S. Medical P.C. (Cedars Occupational Pain Physical and Spine) located in Utica and later in New Hartford. During those years, he failed to report approximately $538,000 in income on his personal income tax returns. Bejjani has since closed the C.O.P.P.S. Medical office and has lost his medical license to practice in New York and New Jersey.

United States District Court Judge Norman A. Mordue sentencing Bejjani to six months’ imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, to include six months of home detention. Bejjani has repaid his tax delinquency of $164,409. In addition, Bejjani was ordered to pay a fine of $20,000. Judge Mordue ordered Bejjani to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on January 29, 2013.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward R. Broton. Further questions may be directed to Executive Assistant United States Attorney John G. Duncan at 315-448-0672.