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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on March 27, 2014, Mohammad Siddiqui entered pleas to six misdemeanor counts, five related to violations of the Wisconsin tobacco tax laws, and one count of obstructing an officer. An additional eight tobacco tax violations were dismissed and read-in for purposes of sentencing. This case was the result of an investigation of three tobacco shops owned by the defendant, one located in Sheboygan County and two in Milwaukee County. In the course of routine inspections, Department of Revenue agents found a multitude of untaxed tobacco products, including cigars and loose tobacco. The unpaid tax on items likely totaled well in excess of $100,000.
The charges in Milwaukee County were consolidated to Sheboygan County, and the defendant entered a plea to three counts of distribution of tobacco products without a permit, two counts of evasion of tobacco tax and one count of obstructing an officer for lying to Department of Revenue agents. Sentencing is set for May 23, 2014, at 11:30 before Judge Bourke in Sheboygan County.
This case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of revenue. The state was represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour.
Copies of the complaints are available at the following links: