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September 1, 2014

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Super Liquor co-owner pleads guilty in tax scheme

A Las Vegas liquor store owner has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by failing to report business income.

Ramzi Suliman, the owner of three Super Liquor stores across the valley, cost the government $200,000 to $400,000 in tax revenue, the Department of Justice said today.

From 2006-09, Suliman and co-owner Jeffrey Nowak, whose case is still pending, evaded the IRS by presenting a corporate accountant with false books and records that were to be used in producing corporate and individual tax returns for the business and the defendants, the Department of Justice said.

Suliman and Nowak also kept different sets of accounting records for their stores, the Department of Justice said. The co-owners, who were charged in April 2013, retrieved some of the profit from their stores and agreed not to report it to the IRS. The stolen amount would not be reported to the accountant and, thus, was left out of their tax returns.

Suliman is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12. He faces up to a $250,000 fine and five years in prison.

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