Samer T. Farhan / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:32AM
A Palos Hills man and gas station owner was sentenced to two years in prison and must pay back the nearly $1 million in sales taxes he withheld from the state in one of the largest cases of gas sales tax fraud in the state’s ongoing enforcement operation.
Samer T. Farhan, 33, pleaded guilty this week to filing fraudulent sales and use tax returns, and mail fraud, according to the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
Cook County Circuit Judge Kenneth Wadas sentenced Farhan to two years in prison and ordered him to pay $975,862 in restitution. That is the amount he defrauded the state of by underreporting sales taxes at his two gas stations, a statement from the attorney general’s office said.
From May 2008 to April 2011, Farhan underreported sales at Citgo Gas, 2959 W. Fulton St., Chicago; and Valero Gas, 1812 E. Sibley Blvd., Calumet City, prosecutors said. He concealed the fraud partly by laundering more than $200,000 to an overseas bank account in Amman, Jordan, prosecutors said.
The case is one of the largest to be prosecuted in an ongoing state enforcement operation, the statement said. To date, more than $82 million in evaded sales tax payments have been recovered.
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