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Indiana man gets house arrest for role in illegal tobacco scheme

ABERDEEN — Authorities say an Indiana man has been sentenced in Mississippi to six months on house arrest for making false records related to cigarette sales.

Authorities say in a news release that 56-year-old Jack Settles of Indianapolis was sentenced in U.S. District in Aberdeen. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of making false records.

In addition to home confinement, Settles must serve three years on supervised release, pay a $40,000 fine and forfeit $160,000.

He is one of at least a dozen people prosecuted for acquiring cigarettes in Mississippi to avoid paying federal and state taxes.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Tupelo Police Department.

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