Eight Found Guilty for Possession of 1.3 Million Unmarked Cigarettes



    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Eight individuals were convicted and fined
$220,758 for Tobacco Tax Act offences in the Ontario Court of Justice in
Cornwall on April 2, 2009.
    Each of the individuals was charged by the Ministry of Revenue's Special
Investigations Branch in separate incidents during which the OPP stopped
vehicles and found unmarked cigarettes.

    
    -   Ryan Glaude of Cornwall was found guilty of possession of 357,000
        unmarked cigarettes and must pay a fine of $132,758 and pay $33,189
        to the Victims' Justice Fund.

    -   Brandon Groulx of Prescott pleaded guilty to possession of 40,000
        unmarked cigarettes. He was fined $8,000 and must pay $2,000 to the
        Victims' Justice Fund.

    -   Manon Gagliardi of Salaberry-Valleyfield (Que.) pleaded guilty to
        possession of 210,000 unmarked cigarettes. She received 12 months
        probation, was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 to the
        Victims' Justice Fund.

    -   Robert MacFarlane of Cornwall pleaded guilty to possession of 212,000
        unmarked cigarettes. He has to serve 12 months probation, perform 75
        hours of community service and pay a fine of $15,000. MacFarlane must
        also pay $3,750 to the Victims' Justice Fund.

    -   Andrea McCullough of Long Sault entered a guilty plea to possession
        of 200,000 unmarked cigarettes. On conviction she received 12 months
        probation, 150 hours of community service and a $25,000 fine. She
        must also pay $6,250 to the Victims' Justice Fund.

    -   Vincent Hill and Carl Miller, both from Oshweken pleaded guilty to
        possession of 96,800 unmarked cigarettes. Hill received 12 months
        probation and a $5,000 fine. He must also make a $1,000 charitable
        donation and pay $1,250 to the Victims' Justice Fund. Miller received
        a suspended sentence.

    -   Kayla Square of Cornwall pleaded guilty to possession of 190,200
        unmarked cigarettes. She received 12 months probation and 124 hours
        of community service. Square must also pay a $15,000 fine and pay
        $3,750 to the Victims' Justice Fund.
    

    In all seven cases, the seized contraband cigarettes were forfeited to
the Ontario government.
    In Ontario over the past two years, approximately 66 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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