“Obama Gas Station” Owner Arrested for Skipping Out on Paying Taxes

Obama Gas Station Owner Arrested for Skipping Out on Paying Taxes

When Barack Obama became president of the United States, people were practically fainting while he was giving speeches, fawning over his charm and oratory skills. One fanboy took it to another level, however, when he decided to brand his entire gas station business with Obama logos.

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Now, that same Obama fan is in hot water after the feds discovered he hasn’t been paying his taxes.

Murad A. Alhanik of Columbia, South Carolina has allegedly failed to pay more than $136,000 in sales taxes between 2013 and 2016. But if you’ve got Obama plastered all over your store, you’re exempt … right?

The South Carolina Department of Revenue says, “No.” In fact, in a recent statement, the department stated that “Alhanik filed monthly sales tax returns reporting a total of $971,935 in gross sales. However, the SCDOR investigation revealed actual sales to be $2,688,533. Due to the underreported sales, the defendant evaded paying $136,753 in sales taxes due to the state of South Carolina.”

According to the SCDOR statement, Alhanik is currently being held at the Alvin S Glen Detention Center. He could face up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

In a previous interview, Alhanik said he bought the store in 2011 and immediately re-branded the store, calling it “Obama-mart.” Alhanik put the Obama name and campaign logo all over the exterior of the building, and said people loved it.

“I see more people come in. Excited with the name,” he said in the interview.

While we don’t know the exact reason why this Obama fan did not pay his taxes, one thing we do know is this: Obama won’t be bailing him out anytime soon.

Oh, and Alhanik, if you feel that maybe taxes are too high on businesses, then maybe you should rethink who you vote for.

After all, the GOP did just pass a tax reform bill that has businesses saving so much money, they are passing it into the hands of their employees.

So, while you are sitting in prison, it might be a good time to rethink your political affiliation.

Not paying your taxes will land you right back in the slammer, no matter whose name you have on the side of your building.

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H/T Independent Journal Review