The Illinois Attorney General's office says a Peoria man stole more than $420,000 from the state in gasoline sales taxes. The case is one of dozens in an ongoing operation that has recovered nearly $82 million from gas station operators. 33-year old Prakashbai Patel (PRAH-kash-by pah-TELL) faces a 24 count indictment of filing fraudulent forms, mail, wire, and computer fraud. The charges relate to the My Krishna Marathon Gas Station on Knoxville Road, and a Clark gas station on North Sheridan Road in Peoria between January and July of 2011. Patel has been released on $600,000 bond. The Attorney General says the three year crackdown on gas station owners has even led to a new law that took effect in January establishing stronger penalties and eliminating barriers to prosecution of sales tax evaders.
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