METAIRE, La – A man who owned two hotels that were targeted as part of an investigation to shut down nuisance hotels on Airline Highway admitted in federal court Wednesday to failing to report more than $1.4 million in income.
Anil Patel, 46, who owned the Trade Winds Motel and the LaVillage Motel with his wife Mayaben Patel, submitted erroneous tax returns in 2008, and he admitted he failed to report the money from 2006 to 2009, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Patels were targets in an investigation to shut down nuisance hotels along Airline Highway where prostitution and drug activity was occurring, the sheriff’s office said.
After serving a search warrant at the motels owned by the Patels, investigators found that “Anil Patel was untruthful in reporting his income. Furthermore, it was also determined that Patel was turning a blind eye to the illegal activities going on at his properties,” the sheriff’s office said.
Anil Patel surrendered his property to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in order to satisfy his $535,000 tax debt, and in February 2011 the LaVillage Motel was demolished.