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Las Vegas liquor store owner sentenced for tax evasion, defrauding U.S.

Jeffrey Nowak, a Las Vegas, Nevada liquor store owner, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and tax evasion. (MGN Online)

A Las Vegas liquor store owner indicted nearly four years ago has been sentenced to serve 41 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and tax evasion.

In addition to the term of prison imposed, Jeffrey Nowak, 67, was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Nowak was convicted in August. His co-defendant, Ramzi Suliman, had pleaded guilty in July 2014 and was sentenced to a year in prison, three years of supervised release and to pay $428,003 in restitution to the IRS.

Nowak and Suliman owned and operated three liquor stores in Las Vegas: Super Liquor South Strip at 3999 Las Vegas Blvd. South; Super Liquor Mid Strip at 2301 S. Las Vegas Blvd. South; and Super Liquor McCarran Village at 384 E. Tropicana Ave.

At Super Liquor Store South Strip, Nowak and Suliman skimmed cash receipts and maintained a double set of books in order to underreport income to the IRS. One set of books accurately reflected the store’s sales, while a second set of books fraudulently omitted nearly $4 million in cash receipts that had been actually received by the business.

“The defendant intentionally concealed the store’s income by conspiring to skim cash and keeping two sets of account books,” said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada. “As a result, he cheated the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers.

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