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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release: Aug. 2, 2012

Davidson County Jury Finds Nashville Market Owners
Guilty of Sales Tax Evasion and Theft

Nashville, Tenn - On July 31, 2102, a Davidson County Jury found Mashaal F. Arradi, age 38, and Nassr H. Arradi, age 54, guilty on Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion and Class D felony counts of Theft of Property over $1,000. Mashaal Arradi was found guilty of three counts of sales tax evasion in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440 and one count of theft in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103. Nassr Arradi was found guilty of six counts of sales tax evasion and one count of theft.

The charges stem from the Arradi's filing of false sales tax returns during the period December 2009 through September 2010 on behalf of their business Sam & Sons, 1409A Dickerson Pike, Nashville. Judge Cheryl Blackburn set a sentencing date for both men for Sept. 5, 2012.

"This investigation serves as a reminder that retailers are not entitled to use or keep sales tax monies," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "Sales tax revenues collected by retailers are never property of the retailer. At all times these sales tax collections are property of our state and local governments and must be remitted to the state as required by law. Consumers who pay the tax deserve to know that the money will be used by the state and local governments for the common good."

This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Victor S. Johnson's office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

In addition to collecting state taxes, over $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2012 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

Media Note - previous release: Dec. 21, 2011 - Nashville Businessman Charged with Sales Tax Evasion and Theft: https://news.tn.gov/node/8208.

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