Convenience store owner pleads guilty to cashing 126 tax refund cheques from 1 man

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He faces up to 16 months in prison when he’s sentenced in August.

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Court records show Bhura cashed the cheques for a person he knew only by a first name. Bhura also deposited cheques into his personal bank accounts.

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Bhura has agreed to pay $39,000 in restitution, which reflects the commissions he took for cashing the cheques.

— A Connecticut convenience store owner has pleaded guilty to illegally cashing 126 false federal income-tax refund cheques totalling more than $787,000. MANCHESTER, Conn.

Attorney’s office says 50-year-old Asafak Bhura pleaded guilty last week to attempting to interfere with the administration of internal revenue laws. The U.S.

But in cashing the cheques, he violated procedures that require proper identification for cheque-cashing customers. Federal prosecutors say there’s no evidence Bhura filed the false tax returns.