Former operator of pizza place in Joplin sentenced for tax evasion

Former operator of pizza place in Joplin sentenced for tax evasion
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Maaria Nyazee pleads guilty and is sentenced today for tax fraud. She owned Redbrick Pizza (Brick Two, LLC) when it operated inside the Northpark Mall in Joplin, Missouri. The pizza place closed in March of 2017.

According to court documents, Nyazee registered Redbrick Pizza as a fictitious name in 2015. Authorities say between November 2015 and December 2016, she failed to remit sales tax owed to the state of Missouri. Bank records show Nyazee transferred funds from the business account to her personal account. The state revoked her sales tax license on November 9th, 2016.

Special Agent Daniel Smithson with the Missouri Department of Revenue interviewed Nyazee. Smithson says Nyazee admitted she understood the sales tax laws in Missouri and knew she was required to file monthly sales tax returns and remit sales tax monthly to the state.

When he asked her why she didn’t pay the sales tax owed, Nyazee said sales were not enough and she had other business expenses and not enough funds to pay the sales tax, according to court documents.

Prosecutors originally filed 14 counts of “intent to defraud, willfully failed to make a sales tax return/pay sales tax/keep records/supply information” against Nyazee.

On May 13th, 2019, the court changed it to three counts of “failure to furnish a sales tax return” which are misdemeanors. A judge sentenced her to one year in county jail and two years of court supervised probation. The judge set the conditions that she not again violate the laws of the State of Missouri, pay all costs and pay restitution of $10,538.07.

A separate investigation was conducted in St. Louis County, Missouri, where she operated a Red Brick Pizza Cafe until it closed in October of 2016.

According to court documents, the state of Missouri incurred a loss of $59,005.74.