CHICAGO (WLS) -- Nine liquor store operators are charged with sales tax evasion as part of a two-year criminal investigation to crack down on untaxed liquor being brought in from outside Illinois.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the nine defendants cheated Illinois out of more than $3.5 million in sales taxes.
Two of the men charged run Jeff's Food and Liquors on Chicago's South Side. That store was part of an I-Team investigation in June. The I-Team uncovered Illinois retailers illegally buying cheaper liquor from stores in Indiana and then transporting it back across the border to sell in their stores.
Nine liquor store operators charged with sales tax evasion.