BOSTON (AP) — A New York man who owned a Boston fried chicken restaurant has been charged with filing false tax returns to avoid paying payroll and income taxes.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 56-year-old Hazrat Khan, of Middletown, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and willful failure to account for and pay taxes.

Authorities say Khan owned New York Fried Chicken in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He allegedly tried to conceal ownership of the restaurant, lied to the IRS about the number of employees by not including those in the U.S. illegally, and falsely reported sales and income.

He was indicted in April on similar charges in connection with two other fried chicken restaurants he owned.

His lawyer was out of the office and unavailable for comment Friday.

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