Man convicted of fraud in copy overcharging

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was convicted recently of setting up a false business to help a graphic designer overcharge the state for copies.

The U.S. Attorney's office said 50-year-old Imad Salim Hereimi was convicted on 20 counts of assisting Nezar Khaled "Mike" Maad to commit honest services fraud by mail.

Prosecutors said Hereimi created a business through which Maad submitted inflated invoices for state print jobs.

Officials said Maad, who worked for the state Department of Health and Social Services, never disclosed his interest in the business as required by law.

The two men kept the profits after billing the state three times as much as the print jobs actually cost, prosecutors said.

Hereimi faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. Prosecutors said Maad fled the country before he was indicted.

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