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.

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Injuries reported in 2-vehicle crash involving motorcycle in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM


Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton Sunday morning.

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The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Police ask for the public's help in finding shooting suspect in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:07 PM

Man reports being shot in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.:

The victim of the shooting that occurred at Oxford and Windsor Avenues is currently at an unknown hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman.

The victim was walking down the street on a sidewalk when another man came up to him, pulled out a handgun, and shot him for some unknown reason. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, but didn’t see anyone run away or drive off.

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Crews found shell cases in the street, and Crime Scene Investigators were on scene recovering those shell casings. They hope to tie the casings to a handgun, and with that information, hopefully detectives can determine who the handgun belongs to. 

“We are hoping anyone who knows anything or saw this incident can call the Dayton Police Department (937-333-2677) or the regional dispatch center (937-225-4357) and please give us some information so we can bring this crime to a closure,” said Sgt. Coleman.

FIRST REPORT:

A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.

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The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.

Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.

Medics are on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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One man in jail after alleged domestic violence stabbing

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM

Stabbing reported in Dayton

A man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Sunday against Harry McBride, 27, according to a Dayton Police report.

Emanuel Porter, also 27, was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail.

Initial reports say there was a possible stabbing at 1906 Elsmere Avenue.

When crews arrived, neighbors were being combative and told them it wasn’t anything serious.

Porters next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m. 

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Local police and fire departments escort fallen Firefighter/EMT

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.

The firefighter died early Sunday, Dayton Police Sgt. Anderson confirmed.

He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.

Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

The name of the firefighter will be released once his family has been notified. 

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