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Muawia Khalil Abdeljalil, the owner of the One Stop Shop on Doe Run Road, above, has been sentenced to four years in prison on federal charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.
Friday, August 30, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount convenience store owner was one of two men sentenced Tuesday in U.S. Federal Court in Roanoke for conspiracy and fraud related to a scheme to profit from about $18 million in fraudulent IRS refund checks.
Muawia Khalil Abdeljalil of Roanoke, the owner of One Stop Shop on Doe Run Road, was sentenced to four years and nine months. Khaldoun Khalil Khawaja, a Florida business man, was sentenced to five years and 10 months, according to media reports.
The two men were also ordered to repay the money.
A third man involved in the fraud scheme, Osama Mahmud Mustafa of Florida, is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. Federal Court in Roanoke on Sept. 23, according to the reports.
The three men purchased fraudulent income tax return checks and checks issued for refund application loans, and then presented the checks for payment at banks in Virginia, Florida and elsewhere, according to indictments filed against the men by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2012.
The scheme involved stealing identities from several Florida inmates and dead people, which they used to obtain the federal income tax refund checks, according to the indictments.
Court records state that investigators believe the two Florida men used Abdeljalil's stores, one in Rocky Mount and at least one in Roanoke, to launder the money.
The money scam began in July 2009, and continued until the indictments were filed in May 2012, according to court records. The indictments were sealed until the three men were arrested, according to Brian McGinn, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney's Office.