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Probation, electronic monitoring for tobacco store owner who didn't pay taxes

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A suburban Milwaukee tobacco store owner has been put on probation and electronic monitoring for not paying a quarter-million dollars in state taxes.  

The attorney general's office said Mohammad Siddiqui of West Allis bought loose tobacco and cigars in Wisconsin that were never taxed. Officials said he sold the tobacco at stores in Milwaukee and Sheboygan without keep proper tax records, or paying excise taxes.  

Siddiqui pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing tobacco without a permit, two counts of tax evasion, and a charge of obstructing an officer.

A Sheboygan County judge placed him on three years of probation, plus 60 days of electronic monitoring. Siddiqui was also fined $6,750 -- plus the taxes he owes. Also, the state won't let him obtain tobacco permits for two years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)