A former CPA and tax preparer who spent the last three years on the run as a fugitive in Pakistan has been arraigned on charges that he submitted false claims for income tax refunds.

Masood Chotani, a tax preparer who used to work in Los Angeles County, was arraigned Monday on charges that he conspired to defraud the United States and made false claims for income tax refunds.  A federal grand jury in Riverside returned an indictment against Chotani on June 23, 2010. The indictment was unsealed earlier this year.

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