The owner of a Roanoke car dealership sold a car for $ 30,000 in cash that he said was contaminated with drugs, federal officials said.
Abdul Ahad Nahibkhil was accused on Wednesday of failing to report cash transactions to the Internal Revenue Service. State Corporation Commission records show that Nahibkhil is president and director of Blue Ridge Auto Sales.
Nahibkhil pleaded guilty the same day in federal court in Roanoke. He was allowed to remain on bail until a sentencing hearing, at which time he will face a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine not exceeding $ 25,000.
Reached by phone Thursday, Nahibkhil declined to comment.
According to court records, undercover IRS agents approached Nahibkhil at the dealership on November 15, 2018 and offered to buy a car with money “which was ostensibly the product of drug trafficking activity. “.
Nahibkhil accepted $ 15,000 in cash as a down payment, and was then paid the other half, according to records. Both transactions were secretly videotaped.
Federal law requires the reporting of cash payments over $ 10,000 to the IRS within 15 days. No payments have been reported, authorities said.
Brian McGinn, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the case is still under investigation and declined to say anything about it that is not in court documents.