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Tobacco vendor pleads to tax evasion, no permits

  • Associated Press
  • March 28, 2014 - 10:15 AM

MADISON, Wis. — A tobacco store owner has pleaded guilty to evading taxes and operating without the proper permits.

According to criminal complaints filed last year, Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui of West Allis owns stores in Sheboygan and Milwaukee County but didn't pay nearly $270,000 in excise tax on his products in 2010 and 2012, obtain a distributor's permit or keep proper records of his purchases.

The state Department of Justice announced Friday that Siddiqui pleaded guilty on Thursday to six counts, including three counts of distribution without a permit, two counts of tax evasion and one count of obstructing an officer.

Prosecutors dismissed another eight charges but a judge can consider the conduct underlying them during sentencing on May 23.

Siddiqui's attorney, Michael Maistelman, said Siddiqui takes full responsibility for his mistakes.

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