Norwalk physician convicted of tax evasion

NORWALK - A Norwalk physician and his wife, who pleaded guilty to felony counts of filing false state income tax returns, were sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay the Franchise Tax Board $2.7 million in restitution, state officials announced Monday.According to court documents, John Han, 63, received more than $14 million in Medicare and Medi-Cal payments during 2001-07. He and his wife, Sonya Han, 58, underreported the income on their 2002-07 tax returns by more than $5 million, authorities allege. John Han also filed false returns for his corporation, John S. Han, MD, Inc., for the same years and underreported the corporation's income by more than $7 million, officials said. The couple was arrested in early 2009. Investigators seized $514,000 in cash, plus an additional $248,000 frozen in John Han's bank account. The money will be used to help pay off the restitution.

********** Published: March 24, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 49