Monthly Archives: December 2011

EU-China cigarette conference in Beijing 14-16 December OLAF and Chinese authorities join forces to fight cigarette smuggling from Asia


Operational cooperation was the focus of the cigarette smuggling conference which ended today in Beijing. It was hosted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and attended by the Chinese authorities involved in controls and investigations into the manufacturing and smuggling of cigarettes. The conference resulted in the establishment of direct contacts between OLAF and regional Chinese authorities in key trade regions and discussions about EU-Chinese cooperation in large-scale international cigarette smuggling cases.

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“rat poison and rat excrement”


Court: HMRC raid uncovers £120k of illegal cigarettes  


AN ALLEGED tax fraudster has appeared in court after more than 600,000 illicit cigarettes were seized from a container in Market Deeping.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers made the discovery after a visit to a storage premises in the town on Monday.

Packets apparently of the Chinese Jin Ling brand containing 607,000 cigarettes were seized during the operation, with the value of duty evaded on the goods claimed to be £120,000.

HMRC has said it is believed that Peterborough would have been targeted for the sale of the cigarettes.

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Former Department of Homeland Security Official Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice for Lying to Federal Judge and Prosecutor

From: The United States Attorney’s Office – Central District of California


December 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES – A former assistant special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was found guilty this afternoon of obstruction of justice and making false statements for giving false information to a federal prosecutor and a federal judge in Florida.

Frank Johnston, 55, of Whittier, who retired from ICE in August 2009 after 31 years in federal law enforcement, was convicted of the two felony charges following a 9-day trial.

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Another guilty plea in counterfeit cigarette investigation


OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) _ A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to a three county indictment involving a counterfeit cigarette investigation with ties to Tupelo.

Fred Brackett entered the plea in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to defrauding the government, lying to investigators, and profiting from illegal activity.

Bracket is accused of buying nearly 188,000 packs of cigarettes, then under reporting the amount of cigarettes he purchased in South Carolina to avoid paying tobacco taxes.

Federal authorities says Jerry Burke and Randy Benham, who operated the Globe Warehouse in Tupelo and Globe Enterprises, would lie about the cigarettes being sold in Mississippi.

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Customs seizes 1,400 kilogrammes of illicit tobacco

From: HKSAR Government

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs last week seized 72 parcels containing around 900 kilogrammes of illicit tobacco at the Airmail Centre, which was waiting to be airmailed to the United Kingdom.

This morning (December 14), after in-depth investigations, Customs officers cracked down on an illicit tobacco storage centre inside an industrial building in Kwai Chung and arrested three men.During the operation, a total of 1,400 kilogrammes of illicit tobacco valued at about $3.9 million with a duty potential of $2.4 million was seized.

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