Afton man charged with 43 counts of state tax evasion
An Afton man has been charged with 43 counts of state tax evasion.
Hatem Amin Younis, 47, of Afton was arrested in Oakdale on the morning of Oct. 18 and released on bond later that night. He is the owner of Super Smokedale Tobacco, Inc.
Younis' corporation operated retail tobacco stores in Anoka, Big Lake, Minneapolis and Oakdale, with a warehouse in Oakdale. Investigators said all of the retail shops other than the Oakdale location are solely owned and operated by Younis.
The first 42 counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The other count carries a maximum sentence of one year and a fine of up to $3,000.
According to the criminal complaint:
An audit by the State Department of Revenue of Younis' businesses for the period of April 2011 through Dec. 31, 2016, revealed $14 million in underreported gross sales. It also found underreported sales tax, hidden and unreported cash registers, receipt tapes that were not provided in an earlier audit, an "unusually high" amount of "highly questionable" voided transactions, and taxable sales that were reported as nontaxable sales.
The audit concluded that Younis and his corporation owed $918,362.18 in unreported tax liability, not including interest and penalties.