Former COPPS Medical owner admits tax for lies

The former operator of COPPS Medical, P.C. in Utica and New Hartford has admitted in Federal Court to lying about his business’ income on his personal taxes.

Dr. Fadi J. Bejjani, 56, who now resides in New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Norman A. Mordue Monday to filing a false personal income tax return, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bejjani now faces three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and more than $160,000 in restitution when he is sentenced on Sept. 11.

Authorities said between 2005 and 2008, Bejjani ran COPPS Medical, P.C., a pain management center that was first located in Utica, and later New Hartford. Authorities said Bejjani had all payments received by COPPS deposited into several private and personal bank accounts, rather than the COPPS business account.

When it came time to file his taxes each year, authorities said Bejjani purposefully left off some of this money, for a total of $538,110 that went unreported between 2005 and 2008. According to the IRS, Dr. Bejjani owes $164,409 in back taxes for those years.