Federal officials have accused the owner of the Litchfield Inn of defrauding Massachusetts and Connecticut of $43 million in tobacco taxes.
The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/1wuxyqA ) that an indictment in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, accuses Syed I. Bokhari of accepting cash for tobacco products in amounts of more than $10,000 without reporting the transactions.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says Bokhari failed to pay excise taxes on smokeless tobacco and cigars from 2008 to 2012.
Bokhari did not immediately return a call early Thursday morning seeking comment.
The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, trafficking in contraband smokeless tobacco and money laundering. The 50-year-old Bokhari also is accused of providing false invoices and false tax returns.
Bokhari bought the Litchfield Inn in 2011 for $1.7 million.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com