Accountant Arrested for Trying to Bribe IRS

Prosecutors say the accountant offered a cash bribe to an IRS agent who was auditing his client

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    A New Jersey-based certified public accountant and one of his clients have been charged with attempting to bribe an IRS agent in order to reduce tax liabilities.
     
    New Jersey's U.S. Attorney says 41-year-old Hamed Aref of Clifton and 62-year-old Yousef Zaben of North Bergen were arrested Thursday.
     
    Aref, who runs an accounting and tax preparation firm, and Zaben, his client, face charges of attempting to bribe an IRS official in order to reduce the tax liabilities of Zaben and his son.
     
    Prosecutors say Aref offered a cash bribe to an IRS revenue agent who was auditing his client, who is Zaben's son.
     
    Prosecutors say Zaben also allegedly tried to bribe the agent to reduce his own tax liability of more than $900,000.
     
    It's not immediately clear if they have lawyers.

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