Sunday, October 09, 2011

Binghamton Used Car and Arms Dealer Sarkis Soghanalian Was Sales Tax Cheat He Owed $5000 to Broome County NY.

Sarkis Soghanalian

TIMES UNION ALBANY NY....Date: Wednesday, May 6, 1987: A billion-dollar international arms dealer paid off nearly $5,000 in back taxes from a Broome County car dealership he ran 20 years ago, state tax officials said Tuesday.  Sarkis Soghanalian ran ”Sarkis Foreign Car Garage on the Vestal Parkway” from at least 1962 into the early 1970's, see one of the many ads he ran below in the Binghamton Press, this one was in January 1967, he claimed in the ad to have 1,400 Volkswagons for sale, SEE AD, the 1,400 Volkswagons, not; 

VOLKSWAGENS-New, used, 1400 are available;
Instant delivery all models.
Sycamore Rd., Vestal, RA 9-3626 (this would now be 607-729-3626).

Sarkis Soghanalian owed $5,000 in unpaid sales tax and penalties to Broome County NY.  Sarkis Soghanalian, a former car dealer at SARKIS FOREIGN CAR GARAGE from Binghamton, paid taxes of $1,407.66 and a penalty of $3,514.76 for four counts of sales tax evasion, two counts of income tax evasion and two counts of failure to pay withholding tax dating from 1967, according to Karl Felsen, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Soghanalian has said he sells more than $1 billion in arms annually, mainly in helicopters to Iraq.

Sarkis Soghanalian struggled for years running a small Volkswagon garage in Binghamton New York (he did not pay sales tax) while on the side arranging arms sales for the Lebanese Christians Militia in Beirut during the 1970′s. Where did he get the cash for this deal in Binghamton NY ? Get Real……..Binghamton NY “Merchant of Death” Sarkis Soghanalian did not just go from selling used Volkswagons during the 1960′s in Binghamton NY to arming the Lebanese Christian militia in 1973 overnight. Sarkis Soghanalian was an arms dealer while he was running his used car lot, Sarkis Foreign Car Garage, as cover, on the corner of Sycamore Rd and the Vestal Parkway E. in Vestal NY.

The Binghamton Press did a story about this fat pig Sarkis Soghanalian in 1976, that is 3 years after he supplied the Lebanese Christian militia in 1973 with weapons.” Soghanalian was in the automobile business as Sarkis Foreign Car Garage on the Vestal Parkway after he moved to Binghamton with his wife in the 1960s, according to a 1976 Binghamton Press report.” Sarkis Soghanalian was acquitted in a 1971 federal indictment on alleged passport fraud in New York when officials of the State Department showed up to testify in his behalf. Sarkis Soghanalian became a convicted felon in an unusual plea bargain in 1982, when he pleaded guilty to one count of a 30-count indictment involving alleged fraud in the sale of machine guns to the African country of Mauritania. He was sentenced to five year's probation.

Sept. 19 1986 was Black Friday in the roller-coaster career of Sarkis Soghanalian, center photo above, the flamboyant Miami-based arms dealer whose artillery, tanks and helicopters have bloodied Third World battlefields for nearly two decades.  Soghanalian, one of a handful of private arms merchants able to outfit an entire division at the punch of a Telex, was indicted that day on federal firearms charges involving a mere five machine guns and two rocket launchers. He faced up to 72 years in prison on those charges. He also was formally notified by the Transportation Department on Friday that it had turned down the application of his grandson, Garabet, for scheduled cargo service for Pan Aviation and that Garabet could face possible criminal charges.

The Miami firm is involved in helicopter sales and is currently limited to leasing, chartering or selling its fleet of six Boeing 707 and 727 jet airplanes.  Pan Aviation has flown dozens of Hughes 500 helicopters to Baghdad. Although they are classified as civilian helicopters, they can be converted for military use.  The Transportation Department pressed Pan Aviation in Miami to "explain fully" Soghanalian's sale to Libya in 1979 of a Lockheed Hercules transport.  Testimony and documents on file at the department show that he allegedly "gave" - through a series of loans - the airline to Garabet, a U.S. citizen, in 1979, when his grandson was 18 and an out- of-state student who, until 1981, visited Miami only on holidays. He then "forgave" $8,425,000 in startup loans on Sept. 17, 1984, just 10 days before the application was filed.  Sarkis Soghanalian said he had nothing to do with the machine guns and rocket launchers impounded at the Miami International Airport by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Dec., 1984.

Arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian had suppied weapons to a list of 50 significant wars that were under way during 1991 to 1994, the list  indicates that U.S. weapons exports from  Sarkis Soghanalian in Miami Fl  played a major role in fueling the ethnic and territorial conflicts that have become one of the most difficult security challenges of the post-Cold War era in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Today some of these weapons are used agasint US troops, may this fat pig Sarkis Soghanalian roast in hell.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at