Brothers plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud U.S.

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PEORIA - Federal authorities say two Illinois brothers have pleaded guilty in a tax fraud scheme.

On Wednesday, United States Attorney Jim Lewis announced that Shaher Mizyed, 50, and Mohammad Mizyed, 46, will face sentencing in April 2015 for conspiracy to defraud the United States, among other crimes.  In addition, Mohammad Mizyed also pleaded guilty to mail fraud, stating he fraudulently received state medical benefits totaling approximately $160,000.

Authorities say both men, who owned and operated a service station in Peoria, admitted to filing false federal corporate income tax returns between 2006 and 2010.

Authorities say the brothers could face up to five years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and Mohammad could face up to 20 years in prison for the mail fraud charge.
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