Court Bulletin - Owner of a Dollar Shop Convicted of Possessing 9,000 Unmarked Cigarettes



    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - A shop owner in Etobicoke has been fined $2,500
after being convicted of possessing unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of
sale.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch laid the charge
against Annan Sookram after Ministry inspectors discovered 9,000 unmarked
cigarettes during a routine inspection at the Lucky Buck Plus Dollar Shop on
July 13, 2007.
    Sookram pleaded guilty to the charge under the Tobacco Tax Act on June
19th and he must also pay a $625 surcharge to the Victims' Justice Fund. In
addition to the fines, all tobacco was forfeited to the Province.
    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, 52.1 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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