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Former Carlisle diner owner sentenced to prison for income tax evasion

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A former Cumberland County business owner is going to prison for income tax evasion.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania today announced that Atef Hussein, 48, of Hagerstown, Md., a former owner of the Fairground Diner in Carlisle, was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment.

Hussein, who pleaded guilty last fall, also was ordered to pay back $139,293 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

U.S. Attorney David Freed said Hussein understated income and taxes due, resulting in false income tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2015.

"Taxpayers thinking about participating in fraudulent tax schemes, including failing to report all forms of income, should stop in their tracks and simply look at the consequences of taking the next step," said Guy Ficco, the special agent in charge for the criminal investigation division at the IRS. "Those consequences include going to prison, being branded a convicted felon for the rest of their lives, and paying back all the taxes owed plus steep penalties and interest."

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Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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