Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

Man pleads guilty to role in contraband tobacco scam

by Published: December 15,2011

Tags: cigarettes, contraband, courts, plea, tobacco

TUPELO — A South Carolina man is the latest person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of packs of cigarettes. Fred Brackett of Lancaster pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court. The indictment in the case says Bracket bought more than 188,000 cartons of cigarettes […] [...]

Feds to hand over facility seized in contraband tobacco case

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo has been waiting for the opportunity to bring the city’s police department under one roof instead of having detectives and patrol officers work out of different buildings. City attorney John Hill said the federal government is ready to hand over to Tupelo the old Milam Manufacturing building. The building […] [...]

Man pleads guilty to charges of cigarette smuggling

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to charges related to his role in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation. James B. Trosper of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty this past week in federal court in Oxford to three counts involving a scheme to defraud the U.S. and several states of more than $1 […] [...]

Judge rules for state in tobacco lawsuit

by Published: August 25,2011

Tags: cigarettes, courts, lawsuit, settlement, state government, tobacco

JACKSON COUNTY — Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against Brown & Williamson (B&W) Tobacco Corporation received an $8 million victory in court. Judge Jaye A. Bradley, in the Chancery Court of Jackson County, issued a ruling on Hood’s motion to enforce settlement against B&W. The original tobacco settlement requires the company to pay Mississippi for […] [...]

Judge to decide if R.J. Reynolds has underpaid state

by Published: July 25,2011

Tags: courts, healthcare, lawsuit, settlement, tobacco

PASCAGOULA — A Jackson County judge is scheduled to hear a claim that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has underpaid the state of Mississippi at least $1 million in the tobacco settlement payments. The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Chancery Judge Jaye Bradley will preside today over the non-jury trial. Attorney General Jim Hood sued […] [...]

Renovated Palace Casino to reopen smoke-free

BILOXI — When the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi opens the second floor of its expansion and renovation project June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and lounge/sports bar will all be smoke free. Smoking will be allowed outside the main building, and a new $1-million smoking lounge has been created to accommodate smokers. The smoking […] [...]

Man sentenced for role in contraband cigarette operation

by Published: May 19,2011

Tags: courts, law enforcement, tobacco

OXFORD — A Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 31 months in federal prison. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty a year ago to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. He was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford. Federal […] [...]

Sentencing in contraband cigarette case postponed

by Published: February 15,2011

Tags: courts, tobacco

OXFORD — A federal sentencing hearing has been rescheduled in the case of a Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court in Oxford to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. Court records show Sivina’s sentencing […] [...]

FDA sends warning to retailers about tobacco sales

by Published: January 10,2011

Tags: minors, retail, sales, tobacco

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing its first warning letters to retailers for the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in violation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). Using state inspectors who have been commissioned by the agency, the FDA visited 493 […] [...]

Contraband cigarette scheme lost millions in taxes

by Published: January 6,2011

Tags: courts, law enforcement, taxes, tobacco

OXFORD — A multi-state contraband cigarette case that involves Mississippi cost the State of Kentucky millions of dollars in uncollected taxes, according to a federal investigator. Lousiville, Ky., businessman Israel Chavez sold cigarettes online and didn’t make an attempt to hide that he wasn’t making an effort to see that sales taxes were collected, according […] [...]

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