Cornwall Island Woman Pleads Guilty In Contraband Cigarettes Case



    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws At Work

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Kimberly David of Cornwall Island has been fined
$10,000 after being convicted of possessing unmarked cigarettes in the Ontario
Court of Justice in Cornwall, on May 14.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch charged David
after the OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 401 in Lancaster on April 8, 2008,
and found 200,000 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and
forfeited to the Ontario government.
    David pleaded guilty to the charge under the Tobacco Tax Act. In addition
to the fine, she must pay a $2,500 surcharge to the Victims' Justice Fund.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Government of Ontario has many enforcement measures to discourage
        the sale of contraband tobacco.
    -   The Tobacco Tax Act has been strengthened with new inspection and
        seizure powers, new offence provisions, increased fines, jail
        provisions, civil penalties, and provisions that permit tax
        investigators to share intelligence information with police and other
        agencies that enforce tobacco-related laws.
    -   The 2009 Budget announced a number of additional measures that will
        further strengthen tobacco tax enforcement in Ontario.
    -   Additional measures strengthening tobacco tax enforcement were
        announced in the 2009 Budget, including an amendment to suspend the
        driver's licences of persons convicted of certain tobacco offences.
    -   Over the past two years, approximately 66 million contraband
        cigarettes have been seized in Ontario by ministry investigators and
        inspectors.

    LEARN MORE

    Read about tobacco tax
    (http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english/taxes/tt/index.html).

    Learn more about Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy
    (http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health/smoke_free/default.asp).

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