If convicted, Padhiyar could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000 for each Class E felony count. The Class C felony count carries a maximum sentence of six years in the state penitentiary and a $10,000 fine.
“The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “This case serves as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to maintain fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans.”
This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson’s Office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).