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Williamsville couple plead guilty to charges related to medical practice

A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice.

Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs.

The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Riyaz Hassanali faces a maximum penalty of  a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Shaheen Hassanali filed false joint income tax returns for herself and her husband for the 2006 through 2009 tax years, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell. Shaheen Hassanli  under-reported the income earned from her husband’s medical practice.

In addition, between 2009 and 2011, Riyaz Hassanali ordered and administered to patients a misbranded, and non-FDA approved, foreign market product, similar to the prescription drug Dysport, a prescription drug that is commonly used in cosmetic procedures, authorities said.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara scheduled sentencing for March 6.


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