SACRAMENTO, CA - The spiritual leader of Stockton's largest mosque will offer receipts from Lowe's and Home Depot in his fight to avoid deportation over fraudulent tax returns.
Saeed Ur Rahman, imam of the Islamic Center of Stockton, was convicted last year of filing false federal tax returns in 2005 and 2006.
The US Attorney's office is recommending a 15-month prison term based on a loss to the IRS of $47,000.
Tax evasion with a loss to the government exceeding $10,000 or resulting in a prison sentence of one year or longer is considered an aggravated felony for immigration purposes.
The penalty would automatically trigger expulsion from the United States because Ur Rahman, 45, is not a US citizen.
A pre-sentence hearing in Sacramento federal court Sept. 27 will formally establish the treasury's dollar loss, which was not considered by the jury that convicted Ur Rahman last October.