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Fort Wayne auto dealer banned for life after tax plea

Officials say Sadruddin Kamdar, owner of Mint Auto Sales, was charging customers one price for a vehicle and reporting a lower sales price to the state, while pocketing the difference.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 11:38 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The owner of a Fort Wayne auto dealership has been barred for life from owning another dealership in Indiana after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges, according to the Indiana Secretary of State.  

The Secretary of State's Offfice says Sadruddin Kamdar, owner of both Mint Auto Sales locations in Fort Wayne, was charging customers one price for a vehicle and reporting a lower sales price to the Department of Revenue.

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Officials say Kamdar was not only failing to pay taxes, but he was pocketing the difference. 

The Secretary of State says the investigation began in December of 2017 after a routine audit revealed irregularities. 

Court records show Kamdar pleaded guilty to four counts of failure to remit taxes held in trust on Sept. 30. 

He was sentenced to 910 days probation and was ordered to pay $536,448 in restitution to the DOR.

The Secretary of State says it also barred Kamdar for life from owning or operating another dealership in the state. Both dealerships were still open Monday.

A spokesperson says an order revoking Kamdar's license was mailed Monday and may take a couple of days until it is received.  

Kamdar did not immediately respond to attempts to reach him for comment. 

Secretary of State Connie Lawson wrote in a statement: “I want to thank my team for their thorough work which unraveled this scheme. In addition, I am thankful to all of the other state agencies for their cooperation, the law enforcement officers involved and Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. This case would not be possible without teamwork.”

If you've had issues with an auto dealer you can file a complaint at the Secretary of State's Auto Dealer Services Division

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