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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced that on May 23, 2014, Mohammad Siddiqui appeared before the Hon. Terence Bourke for sentencing. Mr. Siddiqui had on March 27, 2014, entered pleas to a total of five misdemeanor counts related to tobacco tax violations and one count of obstructing an officer. These charges related to tobacco stores the defendant owned in Sheboygan and Milwaukee counties. The tax violations involved a scheme where the defendant brought various untaxed tobacco products, including cigars and loose pipe tobacco, into the State of Wisconsin and sold the product without the required tobacco tax being paid. The obstructing count related to lying to law enforcement officers about matters related to this investigation. In a letter to the court, the tax attorney for the defendant stated the unpaid tobacco tax liability was approximately $250,000.
The Court withheld sentencing and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. Conditions of probation include 60 days of county jail time, which may be served using electronic monitoring, at the discretion of the jail. A fine totaling $6,750 plus the applicable costs, payment of the unpaid tobacco tax liability in accordance with a payment plan he has worked out with the Department of Revenue, and a two-year revocation of all permits and licenses, both state and local, for the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products.
The State was represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour. The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.