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Tax cheat pleads to federal rap in Peoria

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:43:16 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

A Peoria area gas station owner has pleaded guilty to federal tax and mail fraud charges. The U.S. Attorney's office says 50-year old Tony Nijher of Metamora engaged in systematic under reporting of sales in hopes of avoiding a million dollars in federal and state tax revenue over several years. Nijher owned and operated several gas stations in Peoria Heights and Washington, Illinois. But, when authorities caught up with him, prosecutors say Nijher lied and said he was only a worker and that the amount he owed was far less than the court eventually determined. Attorney Jim Lewis says Nijher failed to report $6.3 million in sales. He now faces up to 20 years in prison and a half million dollar fine.

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