WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing an ongoing investigation into possible fraudulent tax practices occurring at Dor's Food Mart.
Acting on information gathered by the Sales Tax Division of the Sheriff's Office, police arrested Hussein Ali Faour, 43, on June 22 for 23 felony counts of criminal penalty to account for local tax monies, and an additional 23 misdemeanor counts of criminal penalty for evasion of tax. Faour was released later that day after posting bail, but authorities are still investigating records from Faour's store.
Sales Tax Division authorities say they have uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales taxes collected by Faour which he failed to remit.
In a statement released earlier, Sheriff Randy Seal detailed the issues of Faour's case. He says, "Each business owner is required by law to remit all sales tax which is collected. In this case, Mr. Faour was remitting only a portion of the sales tax collected by his business and was using the remainder of the tax money for business purposes. This is a clear violation of the law and that is why we arrested Mr. Faour."