LAS VEGAS -- The owner of several liquor stores on the Las Vegas Strip pleaded guilty Monday to hiding business income from the Internal Revenue Service, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Ramzi Suliman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12 by U.S. District Judge Lloyd George.
Suliman and co-defendant Jeffrey Nowak were originally charged in a criminal indictment April 10, with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, three counts of assisting in filing false corporate tax returns, and four counts of attempting to evade and defeat taxes. Nowak’s case is set for trial beginning Dec. 3.
According to Suliman’s guilty plea, he and Nowak owned Super Liquor South Strip at 3999 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Super Liquor Mid Strip at 2301 S. Las Vegas Blvd., and Super Liquor McCarran Village at 384 E. Tropicana Ave. Suliman said he and Nowak diverted cash from the stores for their own use by presenting false books and records to the corporate accountant.
Suliman admitted his participation in the conspiracy to defraud the IRS resulted in a tax loss to the government of $200,000 to $400,000 for the years 2006 to 2009.
The case is being investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Newman.