WICHITA — At 10 a.m. March 5, the state seized the assets of Ajax International Group, which owns Taco Tico, and closed 10 of the restaurants.
"This is for nonpayment of retail state sales tax," says Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue. "With that, they seized multiple sites."
Koranda says there are two warrants against the company.
One, for June through September of 2011, is for $73,315.94. The other, for October 2011 through October 2012, is for $361,623.29.
Neither owner Mohmood Karim nor anyone at corporate headquarters could be reach for comment.
The seizure included six Wichita Taco Ticos, one in Derby, one in Arkansas City, one in Dodge City and one in Topeka.
"This is the last in a long series of steps that are taken," Koranda says of the state shutting down a business.
"We always work with the businesses in question," she says. "If they can go onto a payment plan or work out an arrangement, they will be allowed to reopen."