Henry Sawaged, owner of the world's largest booze store, now the city's biggest schmuck

This should have been a banner week for Hani "Henry" Sawaged, the owner of Daveco Liquors in Thornton, which in 2008 earned a nod as the world's largest liquor store from the Guinness World Records organization. After all, people were, and still are, buying booze by the barrelful in advance of Thanksgiving and the holiday season to follow.

Instead, Sawaged pleaded guilty Monday to violating Colorado's Organized Crime Control Act and was ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution. That's a lot of Schnapps.

Sawaged, who will be sentenced January 4, and his two brothers were accused last year of manipulating their books in 2007 and 2008 and under-reporting their sales in order to pay less sales tax, according to news reports. The brothers, Ghassan and Bassam Sawaged -- have already pleaded guilty to theft and failure to file tax returns.

On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman's office said Coffman would return $2,250 that Sawaged gave to his campaign, according to 9News. Sawaged "contributed nearly $15,000 to Republican candidates and causes between 2002 and 2011," the story reads, including Pete Coors, Bob Beauprez, and Marilyn Musgrave.

So, the world's largest liquor store has now become the world's most crooked liquor store -- if it even stays open. Earlier this week, the Denver Post reported that "Craig Truman, attorney for Hani Sawaged...said the future of Daveco is 'unclear.'"

More from our Schmuck archive: "Susan Cole sentenced for schmucky scheme to skip jury duty she bragged about on the radio."

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Not a big deal to me. Taxation is theft. I'm happy for anyone who manages to lighten his tax burden.


$1.3 million? HOLY COW!! this clowns is going to have to sell a heck of a lot of budweiser!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

You left out the pertinent part where these plea bargains contain a DEFERRED SENTENCE ... which means that they will NOT have any Criminal Convictions on their records ... and will therefore be allowed to continue to own and operate a Liquor License in Colorado.


Looks like all those Repuglican BRIBES paid off.



DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @wtfk So you *are* a closet anarchist ... merely hiding under the skirt of libertarianism.



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To have owed $1.3 million in unpaid sales tax, he must have sold at retail more than $16 million.


And since he skimmed only a fraction of what he paid in sales tax, his retail gross was in reality a lot more than $16 million.


Being forced to pay back what you got caught stealing ain't much of a penalty.





 @DonkeyHotay There is no "closet" to it. I don't use that term, because it brings to mind leftist bomb-throwers. I'm not a leftist, and I'm not a bomb-thrower.

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