A former CPA and tax preparer who spent three years on the run as a fugitive in Pakistan has pleaded guilty to charges of engaging in a tax refund conspiracy after he was accused of using the names and Social Security numbers of dead people to submit false claims for income tax refunds.

Masood Chotani, a CPA and tax preparer, pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to defraud the United States before Judge S. James Otero on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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