Ali Irsan, the patriarch of a family whose members were accused of federal fraud schemes and murder, was sentenced Monday to 45 months in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
The 58-year-old Jordanian native, who pleaded guilty April 3, was also ordered to pay $290,651 in restitution, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson's office.
Irsan's wife, Shmou Ali Al Rawabdeh, 38, and daughter, Nadia Irsan, 31, were also convicted of providing false statements in association with the fraud scheme and were each already sentenced to 24 months in prison, according to Magidson's office.
Irsan is also facing capital murder charges in Harris County related to the deaths of his son-in-law Coty Beavers, and Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a friend of his daughters. Al Rawabdeh has also been charged with killing Bagherzadeh, and Nadia Irsan has been charged with stalking one of her sisters. (A son, Nasim, is also charged in Bagherzadeh's death. He was not charged in the federal case.)
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The fraud scheme stretches back to 2002, when "Ali Irsan applied for SSI benefits, claiming he was disabled and had been unable to work since 1990," according to the statement from Magidson's office. "His wife also claimed a disability and began receiving benefits in 2005. However, the Irsan family failed to report that Ali Irsan maintained a bank account in Jordan with a balance that fluctuated from approximately $4,000 to $16,000. Also, in January 2010, Ali Irsan received a settlement check for $75,000, which he failed to report to the SSA."
Also, "Irsan’s wife and daughter falsified documents in order to aid the fraud scheme involving the disability benefits. Nadia Irsan, who was unemployed, had a checking account with deposits of more than $250,000."
Read more about the Irsan family in our cover feature from last month.