Court Bulletin - Cornwall Area Man Convicted of Possessing Over 400,000 Unmarked Cigarettes



    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Michael Lalonde of St. Andrews, Ontario has been
fined $ 51,721 after being convicted of possessing 418,800 unmarked cigarettes
for the purposes of sale.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch charged Lalonde
after the OPP stopped a vehicle for attempting to avoid a R.I.D.E. program
check on December 26, 2007 and discovered the unmarked cigarettes. The
cigarettes were immediately seized by police and later forfeited to the
Province.
    Lalonde pleaded guilty to the charge under the Tobacco Tax Act on
July 2nd. He must also pay a $12,930 surcharge to the Victims' Justice Fund.
    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 and
civil penalties, and provisions that permit tax investigators to share
intelligence information with police and other agencies that enforce
tobacco-related laws. Through steps taken in four of the last five Ontario
Budgets, the government has strengthened enforcement against the illegal
manufacture and sale of tobacco products.
    In Ontario over the past two years, approximately 54.4 million contraband
cigarettes have been seized 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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