For Immediate Release: Mar. 1, 2013
New York Resident and Former Shelby County Businessman Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion and Theft Charges
Nashville, Tenn. - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and subsequent guilty plea of Victor Mashihi, of Great Neck, New York, a corporate officer of Super Cargo, Inc. In 2006, the business conducted a liquidation sale for Alan's Oriental Rugs located in Memphis, Tennessee, and collected sales tax from customers. On January 12, 2012, Mashihi was indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury for failing to remit over $60,000 of the collected tax.
On February 28, 2013, Mashihi pled guilty in Shelby County Criminal Court Division I before Judge Paula Skahan to one Class B felony count of theft of property over $60,000 in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103 and one Class E felony count of tax evasion in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g).
Mashihi was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.
"The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "I hope this case will serve as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to assure fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans."
Commissioner Roberts expressed his appreciation for the excellent cooperation the department has enjoyed with District Attorney General Amy Weirich and her staff. 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, $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2011 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.