A state grand jury has indicted 12 Memphis business owners for sales tax fraud, Shelby County DA Bill Gibbons announced Thursday. The business owners are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers. The indictments are the result of a four month investigation by the Department of Revenues Special Investigations Section. The majority of the 12 defendants face charges of theft of property over $10,000. All of the defendants face sales tax fraud charges. Some of the defendants were indicted for as many as 25 counts of sales tax fraud.

Defendants Indicted in Sales Tax Fraud Investigation:

Obsiye Adam (Lauderdale Market, 1052 Lauderdale)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (22 counts)

Ali Al Harbi (Twins Food Market, 766 Jackson Avenue)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (22 counts)

Mohamed Nagi (Twins Food Market, 766 Jackson Avenue)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (22 counts)

Alam Desta (Jackson Grocery, 3955 Jackson Avenue)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (25 counts)

Ibssa Mohamed (Tillman Food and Deli, 245 Tillman Street)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (25 counts)

Mathew Myung (Klondike Food & Deli, 1214 Jackson Avenue)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (1 count)

Aman Oula (Shop-N-Go, 2141 Whitney)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (25 counts)

Dennis Taylor (D.J. Grocery, 3152 Johnson Avenue)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (25 counts)

Salah Siyo (Crump Food Market, 938 E. H Crump Blvd.)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (13 counts)

William Givens (Silver Spoon Restaurant & Bar, 9440 Riveredge Drive)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (1 count)

Omar Samter (Breedlove Grocery, 810 Breedlove)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (1 count)

Aref Al Yamani (Save Mart, 570 W. Levi Road)
Theft of property over $10,000
Sales tax fraud (25 counts)

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