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3 Retailers Face Theft, Fraud and Tax Evasion Charges

Defendants allegedly underreport sales taxes of more than $4 million
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Three convenience retailers in Illinois and Indiana face multiple counts of theft, fraud and tax evasion for allegedly underreporting more than $50 million in sales.

Roger Multani, 29, of Peoria, Illinois, and brothers Surinder (Paul) Singh, 34, and Jitender (Jay) Singh, 33, both of Indianapolis, were charged in a Peoria County Circuit Court and Sangamon County Circuit Court in the three-year scheme that produced more than $4 million in tax liability.

“Individuals who underreport sales taxes are stealing from the state and from the residents in their communities who rely on the important programs and services stolen tax revenues are intended to fund,” said Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. “I appreciate the continued partnership of the Illinois Department of Revenue as we work together to hold these individuals accountable.”

Raoul’s office alleged that between Jan. 1, 2019, and July 20, 2022, the three men collected millions of dollars in taxable revenue from customers and failed to remit the collected sales tax to the state of Illinois. The investigation was led by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR).

“Fraudulent business owners who underreport their income not only cheat the IDOR and Illinois taxpayers, but also other businesses that comply with their tax obligations and seek to compete on a level playing field,” said IDOR Director David Harris. “Today’s indictments demonstrate that there is a serious price to pay for this type of conduct and IDOR will continue to work closely with the Attorney General’s Office to prosecute those who break the law.”

All three defendants face multiple charges that could land them in prison for 15 years or more if found guilty.

Raoul’s office alleged the men underreported more than $50 million in sales from a dozen Illinois gas stations under the corporate names of Kamla Kaur Group (KKG), RSM Management and SPM Group.

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