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Four gas station owners charge with sales tax evasion

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On January 1, 2013, Illinois House Bill 5289 went into effect, it basically increases the minimum penalty for sales tax fraud and makes a person a felon and guilty of sales tax evasion if they evade or defeat in any matter the sales tax imposed on them. This bill was designed to give the Department of Revenue and the Attorney General a new tool to go after business owners who have deliberately falsified their sales taxes remittance over a long period of time.

Yesterday, Attorney General Madigan and the Illinois Department of Revenue announced charges against four Chicago area gas station owners for sales tax evasion. Stating that they have defrauded the state of over $1 million in under-reported sales taxes.

  • Gurmeet Bhola, 56, of Lincolnwood and owner of Bhola Gas & Food in Sauk Village was found to have defrauded the state out of more than $500,000 in taxes between January 2007 and July 2012; charged with two counts of mail fraud and 31 counts of filing a fraudulent state tax return.
  • Samson Kadamandla, 54, of Chicago and owner of NRK Inc. in Chicago was found to have defrauded the state of more than $300,000 in taxes between January 2008 and May 2012; charged with two counts of mail fraud and 29 counts of filing a fraudulent state tax return.
  • Anthony Wabeh, 53, of Skokie and owner of TWI Petro Group was found to have defrauded the state of more than $180,000 in taxes between June 2008 and February 2011 at his four gas stations located in the Rockford area. He was charged with one count of mail fraud and five counts of filing a fraudulent state tax return.
  • Nawaz Mirza, 58, of Lombard and owner of Mirza Enterprises in Villa Park was found to have defrauded the state of more than $90,000 in taxes between January 2009 and December 2011, was charged in DuPage County with two counts of mail fraud and 18 counts of filing a fraudulent state tax return.

All defendants were arrested and freed on bond and if found guilty could face the minimum penalty allowed by law.

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