Wis. tobacco seller sentenced for unpaid taxes

File photo. (MGN)
File photo. (MGN)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin tobacco store owner has been sentenced to spend two months in jail and three years on probation for not paying about $250,000 in taxes.

Authorities say Mohammad Siddiqui of West Allis brought untaxed cigars and loose tobacco into the state and sold them at his Sheboygan and Milwaukee stores without paying excise taxes or keeping proper records.

Siddiqui pleaded guilty to six counts, including three counts of distribution without a permit, two counts of tax evasion and one count of obstructing an officer.

A Sheboygan County judge sentenced Siddiqui Friday to three years on probation and 60 days in county jail that may be served using electronic monitoring. He also must pay a $6,750 fine, the unpaid taxes and cannot obtain permits to sell tobacco for two years.

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