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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release:  May 2, 2014

Memphis Bookkeeper Arrested for Harrassing Department of Revenue Officer

Memphis, Tenn. - Shelby County sheriff deputies and special agents of the Tennessee Department of Revenue arrested Saleh Al-Saigh, 48, for attempting to intimidate an employee of the Department in the performance of her duties and making harassing phone calls to two other Department employees.  Bond was set at $250,000.

Al-Saigh was arrested on the Class E felony charge of crimes against Revenue officers and the Class A misdemeanor charge of harassment. If convicted of the Class E felony, Al-Saigh could be sentenced up to two years and fined $3,000. The Class A misdemeanor charges carries a sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days and a $2,500 fine. The Special Investigations Section of the Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Al-Saigh.

The Department pursued prosecution of this case in cooperation with Shelby County District Attorney Amy P. Weirich and her office.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2013 fiscal year, it collected $11.7 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.2 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.TN.gov/revenue.

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