Rakesh Anand, 55, and Meena Anand, 51, owners of Doctors Weight Loss Centers in suburban Lansing, Orland Park, and Merrillville, Ind., were charged in a 35-count indictment handed down today by a federal grand jury in Hammond, Ind.
They also allege the Anands systematically deposited money from the clinics in checks just below the $10,000 threshold that triggers banking monitors, and didn’t report all the income from the clinics, cheating the IRS out of $750,000 from 2005 to 2008.
The government is seeking forfeiture of $6.3 million from the couple as proceeds of the enterprise, including $700,000 in cash seized from the couple’s home in Tinley Park in a May 2010 raid and $3.6 million in bank and brokerage accounts that have been frozen.
Rakesh Anand is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distributing controlled substances, illegally structuring monetary transactions, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and tax fraud. Meena Anand, who managed the locations in Lansing and Orland Park, faces the same charges except distributing controlled substances.