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Unlicensed auto dealer in Rio Rico accused of tax evasion

February 4, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona grand jury has indicted an unlicensed auto dealer for allegedly failing to pay the sales tax on used car sales in 2017 and 2018.

State prosecutors say Randolph Ezrre of Rio Rico was indicted of fraudulent schemes and artifices plus 11 counts of filing a false tax return.

An enforcement task force discovered multiple used cars listed for sale by the same owner on its website with the same contact phone number.

Through a social media database search, detectives discovered the phone number was associated with about 112 other used car ads within that same period.

It’s alleged the cars weren’t for sale by individuals rather marketed by Randolph Ezrre Wholesale Auto Sales.

Ezrre is accused of selling the used cars to the public without remitting the tax due on those transactions.

It’s alleged that between those two years, Ezrre had more than $313,000 in taxable sales and would have owed nearly $27,000 in state taxes.

It was unclear Tuesday if Ezrre has a lawyer yet for his case.