Muslim Al-Musawi, 55, of Arlington

Muslim Al-Musawi, 55, of Arlington, was found guilty by a Travis County jury of seven counts of cigarette and tobacco tax fraud. Al-Musawi was accused in two indictments of failing to maintain books and records relating to cigarette and tobacco purchases, possessing unstamped cigarettes, possessing tobacco products with more than $50 in tax due, and failing to produce records to the Comptroller as required by Chapter 154 of the Tax Code. The offenses were alleged to have occurred in September 2009 and February 2010. The cases, filed as cause numbers D1DC12-904045 and -46, were prosecuted in Travis County. On June 28th, Al-Musawi was sentenced by the court to 4 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for six years, on each count, to run concurrently. Al-Musawi was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service on each count, fined $5,000, and ordered to pay $1,800 combined restitution to the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

*Originally published at http://www.window.state.tx.us/about/cid/case_news.html