Court Bulletin - Cornwall Man Convicted of Possessing 25,000 Unmarked Cigarettes

    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - A man from Cornwall has been fined $30,000 after
being convicted of possessing unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch laid the charge
against Paul Levac after the RCMP stopped a vehicle on November 27, 2007 and
found 25,000 unmarked cigarettes - part of a joint forces operation
investigating tobacco smuggling.
    Levac pleaded guilty to the charge under the Tobacco Tax Act on
April 30th. In addition to the fine, he must also pay a $7,500 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, 52.1 million contraband cigarettes
have been seized by Ministry investigators and inspectors.


    Read about Tobacco Tax

    Learn more about Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy

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