Summerville convenience store owner ordered to pay $17,000 for tax evasion

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – A convenience store owner in Summerville has been ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution for not paying taxes.

South Carolina Department of Revenue agents arrested MD Ripon “Simon” Mia, 40, in August of 2018 on two counts of tax evasion.

They say Mia, who owned a local beer and tobacco outlet on North Main Street, failed to report more than $217,000 in sales, according to an agent’s affidavit.

Mia is accused of underreporting the business’ gross sales on monthly tax returns filed with the state during tax years 2016 and 2017.

According to the affidavits, Mia evaded paying $17,000 in state Sales Tax.

Mia pleaded guilty in the Berkeley County’s Court of General Sessions last week to a single misdemeanor charge.

A circuit judge sentenced Mia to time served and payment of $17,000 in restitution.

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