Monthly Archives: March 2014

Video Store Shuttered for Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes, Officials Say

From: DNAinfo New York

By Katie Honan

ACKSON HEIGHTS — A video and cellphone store was shuttered after undercover investigators found the shop was selling illegal cigarettes, according to court documents.

Mollika Video on 37th Road, near 74th Street, was closed by the NYPD on Saturday, its gates rolled down and marked with neon stickers.

The small store, which sells cellphones, imported CDs and and Bollywood films, was also hawking bogus name-brand cigarettes without paying the hefty New York State tax, according to officials.

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Cigarette Smuggling Prompts Crackdown by States Losing Billions

From: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

By Mark Niquette and Esmé E. Deprez

Higher cigarette taxes are prompting a burgeoning smuggling trade along routes such as I-95 on the East Coast, and states are trying to stem the flood of illegal smokes to fight crime and regain lost revenue.

Lawmakers in Virginia and Maryland passed bills boosting the penalties on smuggling in the past year, and the Massachusetts Commission on Illegal Tobacco released a report March 1 with recommendations to crack down on trafficking. Legislation is also pending in states including New Jersey and Rhode Island.

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Member of Massive Counterfeit Goods Conspiracy Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation/U.S. Attorney’s Office/District of New Jersey

NEWARK—A member of a massive, international counterfeit goods conspiracy was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for his role in the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Ning Guo, 40, of the People’s Republic of China, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and one count of money laundering conspiracy. Judge Salas imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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Czech Cigarette Smuggler Being Extradited from Costa Rica

From: The Costa Rican Times

Costa Rica News – The scammers and fraudsters continue to set up shop in Costa Rica.  He of course was not taken down by breaking laws in Costa Rica……it was his home country that is pressing criminal charges.

A Czech citizen, Karpjak Martin, age 38, is facing extradition from Costa Rica on the basis of being wanted for fraud. The extradition process will be managed by his own country, which is requiring it.

He is facing a criminal trial in the Czech Republic for customs tax fraud, related to cigarette smuggling.

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Nigeria: Investigation – How Multibillion Naira Illicit Tobacco Trade Thrives

From: AllAfrica

By Ogala Emmanuel

Officials say fake cigarettes are huge public problems to Nigeria, heightening the existing public health concern posed by growing but uncontrolled tobacco market in Nigeria.

Since 2008, Luka (he declined to provide his surname) has run a lucrative business a few hundred meters from Sheraton Hotel, one of Abuja’s most prominent hotels. At the moment, he is operating from a jalopy white Toyota Corolla Wagon – the car’s back seat is the store, while the trunk serves as the shop. Before that, until he was dislodged by officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, he operated from a small yellow metal kiosk where he retailed a variety of items, making thousands of naira in profit daily.

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