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Tobacco store owner pleads guilty to tax evasion, illegal distribution

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A tobacco store owner has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and operating businesses without obtaining proper permits.

According to criminal complaints filed in 2013, Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui of West Allis failed to 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.

Siddiqui owns stores in Sheboygan and Milwaukee County.

He 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.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)