Middletown man facing federal charges on income tax fraud

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Mohammed Bassini owns franchises in Mason, Miamisburg and Monroe

A local business owner is facing federal charges in connection with alleged income tax fraud.

Mohammed Bassini, 47, of Middletown, is accused of committing income tax fraud relative to underreporting the gross receipts or net sales returns earned by the Subway franchises he owned, according to the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Bassini owns Subway franchises in Mason, Miamisburg and Monroe, according to Jennifer Thornton, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Bassini was charged with two counts of filing false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, one count of aiding or assisting in the preparation and filing of a false income tax return with the IRS, and four counts of failing to file an income tax return with the IRS.

According to the indictment, it has been alleged that Bassini filed a false 2009 corporate income tax return for Sima Holding Corporation, and a false 2011 corporate income tax return for Mason Trades Corporation with the IRS.

On the 2009 Sima Holding Corporation income tax return, gross receipts were claimed in the amount of $2,624,418, and on the 2011 Mason Trades Corporation income tax return, gross receipts were claimed in the amount of $831,000.

In both instances, it has been alleged that Bassini knew and believed that the gross receipts were greater than the amount reported.

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In addition, it has been alleged that Bassini aided and assisted in the preparation and filing of a false 2010 corporate income tax return for Sima Holding Corporation with the IRS. Gross receipts were claimed in the amount of $3,009,152; however, Bassini allegedly knew and believed that the gross receipts were greater than the amount reported.

He is also accused of failing to file personal income tax returns with the IRS for the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 income tax years.

Bassini pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today and was released on bond.

Filing a false income tax return with the IRS and aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of fraudulent income tax returns to the IRS carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Failing to file an income tax return with the IRS carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

‘I just fired one': 84-year-old man shoots, kills home intruder

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Intruder Killed By 85-Year-Old Man

An elderly man shot and killed one of two intruders at his home early Friday morning in Ellport, Lawrence County, police said.

The 84-year-old man, Don Lutz, was confronted by the intruders about 1:30 a.m. at his Jamison Avenue home, authorities said. An altercation followed.

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“I just fired one. It was in the dark. He attacked me and he was up close and I shot him,” Lutz said. “They jumped me and we both went on the floor. I scuffled with them on the floor and the one guy rolled over dead and the other guy, he jumped up and went out the door.”

Police investigate after an 85-year-old man's home was broken into. Police said that the man shot and killed one of the intruders. The other ran off.(WPXI.com)

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Police are searching for the second intruder who ran off.

“The other one, maybe the bullet hit him, too. I don’t know. I hope so,” Lutz said.

Lutz said he keeps his gun under his pillow. He’s a little sore, but otherwise in good spirits after the ordeal.

Investigators believe Lutz might have been targeted.

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Intruder killed by 84-year-old man was family member

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 10:40 PM

Elderly Man Kills Intruder Who Was A Family Member

The intruder shot and killed by an elderly homeowner in Lawrence County early Friday morning has been identified as the shooter's nephew-in-law. 

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Investigators told Channel 11 the man has been identified as Dennis Mercadante, 49.

Mercadante was identified by using facial recognition by Pennsylvania State Police. 

Investigators said Don Lutz, 84, was confronted by two intruders, Mercadante and another suspect, at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at his Jamison Avenue home, and an altercation followed.

“I just fired one. It was in the dark. He attacked me and he was up close and I shot him,” Lutz said.

“They jumped me and we both went on the floor. I scuffled with them on the floor and the one guy rolled over dead and the other guy, he jumped up and went out the door.”

Police are still searching for the second suspect, who ran off. 

“The other one, maybe the bullet hit him, too. I don’t know. I hope so,” Lutz said.

Car crashes, strikes home in Dayton; driver flees

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Car on its top Video

UPDATE @9:42 p.m.

A woman said she was inside her home watching television with her family when they heard tires squealing and a crash.

A car struck the house in the 800 block of Osmond Drive around 8:50 p.m.

No one in the house was injured. 

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Crews are investigating a rollover crash in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Osmond Avenue. The car came to a rest on its top next to a house.

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It’s unknown if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

911 call: Woman’s shooting death was accidental

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 3:22 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:28 PM

Woman's death investigated as homicide

UPDATE @9:30 p.m.

In a 911 call, a caller stated a gun accidentally went off, and a woman had been hit.

“We were trying to unload this gun, and it went off, and it hit her in the shoulder,” the 911 caller states.

A dispatcher asked the caller if it was an accident, and the 911 caller said it was.

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The victim, Eileen Jones, 30, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The coroner’s office said an official ruling has not been made, but a Dayton police report lists the dead as a felony homicide/murder investigation.

We are working to learn if a suspect has been taken into custody. 

This story will be updated as we learn more.

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UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

The death of a 30-year-old Dayton woman is a homicide, Dayton police said.

The shooting was reported around 1 a.m. in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue.

The victim, who was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital, has been identified as Eileen Jones.

There is no information about a suspect or whether any arrests have been made.

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There has been a reported shooting in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue, per initial reports.

Crews were dispatched to the incident  just before 3 a.m. on Sunday.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and are working to learn more details.