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New Brighton man charged with tobacco-related tax crime

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office recently charged Hamada Ramadan Rashed, of New Brighton, with one gross misdemeanor count of possessing untaxed tobacco products.

According to the complaint, Mr. Rashed is the store manager of Super USA in Minneapolis, MN. During a retail inspection at this business, department investigators allegedly found more than $1,800 worth of untaxed tobacco products. The complaint alleges that Mr. Rashed could not produce the invoices for the tobacco products in question and the contraband products were seized by department investigators.

A tax-related gross misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This is an example of the department’s ongoing efforts to uniformly enforce the state’s cigarette and tobacco laws.  For more information on the tax laws related to tobacco products in Minnesota, visit our website.

Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the Minnesota Department of Revenue takes enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers to ensure that tax laws are administered fairly.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws.  Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500.  Tips can also be submitted to the department via email at tax.fraud@state.mn.usTipsters may choose to remain anonymous.

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Ryan Brown
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