Westerville Jewelry Store Owner Convicted For Tax Evasion


A Westerville Jewelry store owner was convicted on Wednesday for tax evasion.

According to court documents, Elie J. Hannoush, 41, was taking large cash payments and neglecting to report them on tax forms.

He also kept a separate account for such payments.

Hannoush reported an income of $27,054 and claimed a $30 tax refund. Government officials say his real taxable income was $194,817, and he should have paid $35,188 in taxes.  

Hannoush will serve 12 months and one day in prison, eight months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay $91,140 to the IRS.

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