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S.I. Cigar Importer Accused Of Failing To Pay Millions In Taxes

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Staten Island man whose company imports cigars into New York state was accused Tuesday of failing to pay more than $6.1 million in state taxes.

An indictment was unsealed Tuesday against Aamir Sulaiman, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Sulaiman faces charges including criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records.

Authorities said Sulaiman’s company brought in millions of cigars from Pennsylvania and re-sold them in New York without paying all the taxes he owed. Authorities say between March and November 2013, Sulaiman only paid about $100,000 in taxes when he owed millions.

Sulaiman, 45, faces up to 25 years in prison. A call to his attorney seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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