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Madigan: Plainfield cigar shop owners defrauded state $460,000

Attorney general alleges Plainfield couple evaded sales taxes

PLAINFIELD – A Plainfield couple has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the state out of more than $450,000 in sales tax revenue.

Jamal Hussein, 44, and Lucinda Hussein, 41, were charged Thursday for underreporting more than $4.2 million in taxable sales from their business, Burning Leaf Cigars, Inc., located at 12720 S. Route 59 in Plainfield, according to a news release from Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

"Business owners who fail to pay their sales taxes are stealing from the state," Madigan said in the release. "And we will find those individuals and hold them accountable."

Jamal Hussein could receive up to 30 years in prison on more than 50 felony counts of sales tax evasion, filing fraudulent sales tax returns, wire fraud and filing fraudulent tobacco products tax returns.

Lucinda Hussein could get as many as five years in prison on six counts of failing to file an Illinois sales tax return.

According to the release, the crimes occurred between January 2011 and September 2015. The state lost about $465,112.04 in sales tax.

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