MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The first Wisconsin concealed weapons holder to use his gun to break up an armed robbery is now charged with tax fraud.
37-year-old Nazir Al-Mujaahid of Milwaukee made headlines early last year, when he pulled out a pistol to scare off two men robbing a cashier at an Aldi's grocery store.
Friday morning, Al-Mujaahid appeared in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on charges of theft by fraud, and five counts of making claims to get false income tax credits.
If convicted, he might lose his right to carry a weapon. For now, he's free on a signature bond.
Prosecutors said Al-Mujaahid filed false tax returns on behalf of Damien Sherrer from 2006 through 2011. Sherrer reportedly left the U.S. for Egypt in '06 and never came back.
Prosecutors said Al-Mujaahid placed Sherrer's false tax credits on his debit card, totaling $13,000. The defendant also allegedly claimed Homestead tax benefits on Sherrer's behalf from 2006 to '09. He's also accused of filing fake returns on behalf of four other people.
Al-Mujaahid is quoted as telling authorities he sent some of the tax payments to Sherrer in Egypt because he was, "hurting for money."
In last year's gun incident, Al-Mujaahid used his weapon in a store where signs prohibited people from carrying guns. He was never charged. That incident happened about three months after the state legalized the carrying of concealed weapons to law-abiding citizens with permits.