300,000 Illegal Cigarettes Seized During Ministry Of Finance Investigation

    Charges Lead To More Than $139,000 In Fines

    MORRISBURG, ON, June 11 /CNW/ - Investigators from the Ministry of
Finance and an O.P.P. officer found Shawna Perry of Niagara Falls in
possession of unmarked tobacco leading to charges under the Tobacco Tax Act.
    Perry was convicted on May 28, 2007 of possessing unmarked cigarettes
without legal authority and was ordered to pay $111,650 in fines plus $27,912
to the Ontario's Victims' Justice Fund.
    In November 2006, Perry's vehicle was detained near Morrisburg, Ontario.
Further investigation revealed that her rental van contained 30 cases with
300,000 untaxed cigarettes. The charges were laid after ministry investigators
confirmed that she did not hold any permits to possess or transport unmarked
    Vigorous enforcement of the Tobacco Tax Act is an important component of
the Ontario government's Smoke-Free Ontario strategy. The Government of
Ontario has many enforcement measures to discourage the sale of contraband
tobacco and has strengthened the Tobacco Tax Act 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.
    In the 2007 Budget, the McGuinty government proposed to further enhance
enforcement measures by temporarily suspending tobacco sales privileges of
retailers who repeatedly contravene the Tobacco Tax Act or the Smoke-Free
Ontario Act.

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                 For more information visit www.fin.gov.on.ca

For further information:

For further information: Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance/Ministry of
Revenue, (416) 325-0324

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