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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on June 10 and June 12, 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed complaints in Milwaukee and Sheboygan Counties charging the defendant, Mohammad Siddiqui, with multiple counts relating to tobacco product violations. Mr. Siddiqui operates three stores that sell tobacco products, two in Milwaukee County and one in Sheboygan County.
According to the criminal complaints, Mr. Siddiqui, as the owner of the stores, acted as a distributor of tobacco products by causing numerous tobacco products to be brought into Wisconsin from Illinois. The Illinois distributor was not licensed, and no tobacco products tax was paid on any of the tobacco products. The complaints allege that more than $260,000 in tobacco products was brought into the state by Mr. Siddiqui. In addition, the complaints allege that Mr. Siddiqui failed to maintain proper records of tobacco product purchases and failed to pay tobacco product taxes. Finally, the complaint in Milwaukee County alleges that Mr. Siddiqui lied to a Department of Revenue special agent about the source of some tobacco products.
The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour represents the State in this case.
While Mr. Siddiqui has been charged with criminal offenses, he is presumed innocent at this time and the state will need to prove him guilty of the offenses beyond a reasonable doubt. An initial appearance in Sheboygan County will be held on July 1, 2013, at 3:00 pm and in Milwaukee County on July 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm.
Copies of the complaints are available at the following links: