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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2012

Knox County Man Pleads Guilty to Sales Tax Evasion

Knoxville, Tenn. - On July 10, 2012, Jalal Boudarga, 39, a member of Woodland Mart & Deli LLC, d/b/a Woodland Mart & Deli, pleaded guilty to one count of sales tax evasion for willfully attempting to evade sales tax due the State by filing false and fraudulent sales tax returns for the period January through December 2009. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the guilty plea.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee sentenced Boudarga to one year unsupervised probation and ordered him to make restitution to the State in the amount of $33,469.08.

"The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "I hope this case will serve as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to assure fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans."

Prosecution of this criminal case was pursued by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Randall Nichols' office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

In addition to collecting state taxes, $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2011 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

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