Liquor store allegedly bootlegs across state lines
HAMMOND, Ind. (WICS) —
Federal officials have seized $1 million from an Indiana liquor store whose owners are accused of selling alcohol to Illinois liquor stores to evade the state's significantly higher alcohol taxes.
The owners allegedly bought liquor from three Indiana distributors and sold it for cash to liquor stores across Chicago's south suburbs.
The U.S. Attorney's office is now pursuing a forfeiture case.
The Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Trade Association says cross-state bootlegging costs Illinois nearly $30 million in lost tax revenue annually.