Boston Marathon Bomber Appeal Coming Up; Court Docs Show Brother Suspected in Waltham Murders

The case of convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court soon to appeal the conviction, and recently unsealed documents related to the case show that the FBI believes his older brother Tamerlan was a prime suspect in the killing of three men in Waltham in 2011. Dzhokhar’s appeal of the death sentence for his role in the Boston Marathon Bombings is scheduled to go before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Dec. 12. The Boston Globe reported that court documents unsealed before the appeal implicate Tamerlan Tsarnaev with the the killings of three men in Waltham — Brendan Mess, 25, Erik H. Weissman, 31, and Raphael M. Teken, 37. Tamerlan died after the shootout with Watertown Police at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street.

Letter from Nobel Winner Malala Helps Watertown Man Avoid Jail Time

The Nobel Prize Medal

A Watertown man convicted of tax fraud avoided jail time in part due to a letter on his behalf from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Burnham Ud Din, 50, of Watertown, was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and to pay a $140,372 fine for his involvement with a scheme to not pay taxes for two fried chicken restaurants — Kennedy Fried Chicken in Roxbury and Crown Fried Chicken in Chelsea. Federal prosecutors had sought a year in jail and a $212,224.01 fine to repay the withheld taxes. The sentence was handed down on Nov. 7 by Boston Federal District Court Judge Judge George A. O’Toole, who took into account letters in support of Din, including one from Yousafzai, according to a post on Universal Hub.

Watertown Man, Restaurant Owner Sentenced by Federal Judge

The following announcement was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts:

A former owner of restaurants in Boston and Chelsea was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 7 in federal court in Boston for tax fraud convictions. Burhan Ud Din, 50, of Watertown, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to three years of probation, 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $140,372 in back taxes. In August 2019, Din was convicted by a federal jury of six counts of willful failure to collect and pay over tax. From 2009 to 2013, Din defrauded the government and avoided paying payroll taxes owed by fried chicken restaurants located in Chelsea, downtown Boston and Jamaica Plain.

Watertown Man Found Guilty of Tax Fraud by Federal Court Jury

The following information was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts:

A former owner of restaurants in Boston and Chelsea was convicted today by a federal jury in Boston of tax fraud.  

Burhan Ud Din, 50, of Watertown, was convicted following a week-long jury trial of six counts of willful failure to collect and pay over tax, which requires employers to withhold and pay to the IRS certain payroll taxes. Din was acquitted of charges of procuring citizenship contrary to law. U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled sentencing for Nov. 7, 2019. Din defrauded the government and avoided paying payroll taxes owed by a Crown Fried Chicken located in Chelsea and a Kennedy Fried Chicken in Boston in 2010.

Watertown Man Faces Federal Charges of Making False Statements to Gain Citizenship

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston sent out the following statement:
A former owner of restaurants in Boston and Chelsea was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with committing fraud to obtain U.S. citizenship. 
Burhan Ud Din, 49, of Watertown, was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy, six counts of willful failure to collect and pay over tax, one count of making false statements under oath in a naturalization matter, and one count of procurement of naturalization contrary to law. Din was initially indicted for tax fraud in August 2017; the superseding indictment adds the naturalization allegations to the charges against him. Din’s co-conspirators, Hazrat Khan, 58, of Middletown, NY, and Khurshed Iqbal, 58, both Pakistani nationals, were separately charged in an April 2017 18-count superseding indictment with conspiracy and willful failure to pay over taxes. In November 2017, Khan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Iqbal’s whereabouts are unknown.

Feds Charge Watertown Resident, Restaurant Manager with Tax Fraud

A manager of two Boston-area restaurants who lives in Watertown was charged today in federal court in Boston with tax fraud, the office of Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb District of Massachusetts announced. The US Attorney’s office sent out the following release:

Burhan Ud Din, 48, of Watertown, was indicted on one count of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and 12 counts of failing to withhold and pay employee taxes to the IRS. Two of Din’s co-conspirators, Hazrat Khan, 57, of Middletown, NY, and Khurshed Iqbal, 57, both Pakistani nationals, were charged in an April 2017 18-count superseding indictment with conspiracy and willful failure to pay over taxes. Khan previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this year. Iqbal’s whereabouts are unknown.

Watertown Man Gets 2 Years in Federal Prison for Insider Trading

A Boston-area real estate developer was sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $1 million fine after he was convicted earlier this year of engaging in insider trading for buying – and later selling – shares of Wainwright Bank & Trust Company (“Wainwright”) based on a tip that Wainwright would be acquired.  Prior to the acquisition, shares of Wainwright traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Robert H. Bray, 78, of Watertown, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young. In January, Bray, the owner of R&B Construction, a construction and real estate development company, was convicted of one count of securities fraud following a four-day trial. In June 2010, Bray was tipped by a friend who was an executive at Boston-based Eastern Bank Corp. that Wainwright would be acquired.

Watertown Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Evasion

A Watertown business owner pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with a scheme to evade taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums by paying employees under-the-table for their work, announced United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office. 

Richard Moxley, 67, pleaded guilty one count of tax evasion and one count of mail fraud. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for August 17, 2016. Moxley owned and operated Sparkling Windows, a window and gutter cleaning company based in Watertown. From 2008 to 2012, Moxley devised and executed a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and the insurance company providing workers’ compensation insurance for Sparkling’s employees, by filing false tax returns and paying workers “under the table.” To do this, Moxley arranged to bring client checks to a check casher, and paid undocumented workers weekly wages in cash. By doing so, he concealed a substantial portion of the company’s business revenues and payroll, and filed false tax returns, evading a significant portion of federal taxes, and fraudulently reducing the premiums for workers’ compensation insurance owed in connection with the business.