Whitby man fined for tobacco tax offences

    Forfeits Almost 1.8 Million Cigarettes Worth More Than $460,000

    WHITBY, ON, April 17 /CNW/ - The owner of an Oshawa cut-rate tobacco
sales business has been convicted of two Tobacco Tax Act offences following a
three-month Ministry of Finance surveillance operation.
    Srinijakaran Nallathamby pleaded guilty and was given six months to pay a
$30,470 fine for possessing unmarked (untaxed) cigarettes, and $16,000 for
storing, transporting or possessing cigarettes acquired from unlicensed
wholesalers. He must also pay surcharges of $11,617 to the Ontario Victims'
Justice Fund.
    Court was told that an investigation in the summer of 2004 revealed that
Smoky Way - at 8 Midtown Drive in Oshawa - was receiving cigarettes from
unlicensed tobacco wholesalers. Ministry investigators, working with the
Durham Regional Police Service and the RCMP, searched the business and
Nallathamby's residence on October 15, 2004, seizing 8,911 cartons of
cigarettes that were then forfeited. Charges were laid in 2005.
    The government has strengthened the Tobacco Tax Act twice - in 2004 and
2006 - 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. Bill 187 - the 2007 spring Budget bill -
also proposes further enforcement measures.

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For further information: Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, (416)

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