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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on January 24, 2013, Franklin resident Fahmi Abdallah appeared in the state circuit court in Milwaukee County before Judge Michael D. Guolee where Abdallah entered a plea of guilty to one count of theft of sales tax proceeds; the two additional counts were read-into the record for consideration at sentencing. At the sentencing phase of the hearing, Judge Guolee imposed and stayed a sentence of eight months of incarceration in the House of Corrections, and placed Abdallah on probation for two years, with the following conditions as to probation: no new law violations reaching the level of a probable cause finding, and pay costs and surcharges due during the period of probation.
At the hearing, Mr. Abdallah agreed that the facts of the criminal complaint are accurate. According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Abdallah ran a liquor store in the City of Milwaukee. During 2006, 2007 and 2008, Mr. Abdallah decided to keep sales tax money that he collected from his taxable sales instead of remitting it to the State Department of Revenue. Abdallah illegally kept the following amounts: $26,103 for 2006; $38,914 for 2007; and $33,017 for 2008. He did this by underreporting his taxable sales. Specifically, for the 2006 tax year, Mr. Abdallah reported only $527,212.29 in taxable sales, although his true taxable sales amounted to $999,343.69; for 2007, Mr. Abdallah reported only $291,066.70 in taxable sales, although his true taxable sales amounted to $985,961.39; and for 2008, Mr. Abdallah reported only $321,407.01 in taxable sales, although his true taxable sales amounted to $910,999.65.
The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represented the State of Wisconsin as special prosecutor for the County of Milwaukee.