DRS: Two Arrested for Tax Fraud

Two Arrested for Tax Fraud

 

Father and Daughter Allegedly Filed False Returns, Kept Tax Money

 

Hartford The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced the arrest of a father and daughter on tax fraud charges that stemmed from the alleged filing of false tobacco products tax returns. DRS claims that the returns did not disclose the full amount of tax collected, including the money the pair purportedly pocketed instead of paying to the state.

 

Mohammad Aslam, 55, of Berlin and his daughter Aqsa Aslam, 24, of Peckville, PA, surrendered to DRS agents in response to warrants obtained by the agency. The charges relate to tobacco products tax returns filed for SA Discount LLC of 71 Deming Road in Berlin. The business is now closed.

 

The alleged tax fraud was discovered by DRS auditors during a review of tobacco products tax returns filed for SA Discount. The audit found that when filing returns for SA Discounts, both Aslam and his daughter allegedly did not disclose or pay the full amount of tax collected by the business.

 

Mohammad Aslam is charged with 15 counts of filing false tobacco products tax returns, 14 counts of Larceny 1, and a single count of Larceny 2. Aqsa Aslam is charged with six counts of filing false tobacco products returns and six counts of Larceny 1.

 

Filing a false Tobacco Products return is a class D Felony punishable by a fine of not more then $5,000, imprisonment of not more than five years, or both for each count if convicted. Larceny 1 is a class B Felony punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment of not more than 20 years, or both for each count if convicted. Larceny 2 is a class C Felony punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both for each count if convicted.

 

Mohammad Aslam was released on a $50,000 bond and Aqsa Aslam was released on a $25,000 bond. Both are due to appear in Hartford Superior Court on July 26.

 

All media inquiries should be directed to the DRS Communications Office at (860) 297-5610. For more information about state tax issues, check out the DRS web site at www.ct.gov/DRS



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