Monthly Archives: September 2018

Where did the laundered million dollars go?

From: QNS

Little Neck father and two sons busted for smuggling and selling untaxed cigarettes into NYC

According to the charges, Nicholas Galafano purchased more than 37,000 cartons of cigarettes from a co-defendant, Nasi Jafri, 43, of Chantilly, Virginia. Jafri bought the untaxed cigarettes from big box stores in Virginia and Maryland, then drove them to New York and delivered them to Galafano, who then sold the cartons to father-and-son store owners in Brooklyn: Ahmad Abualrub, 61, and Hassan Abualrub, 18, of Brighton Beach.

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‘Modern-Day Bootleggers’ Busted for Multi-Million Dollar Cigarette Smuggling Ring, Prosecutors Say

From: NBC New York

“This smuggling ring raked in millions of dollars at the expense of New Yorkers,” Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown said

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown with cigarette cartons seized as part of the bust.

A group of smugglers made millions of dollars in illegal profits by buying cheap cigarettes outside of New York and selling them in-state with counterfeit tax stamps, prosecutors said.

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U.S. court dismisses NY lawsuit against FedEx over cigarettes

From: Reuters


The lawsuit, which was filed against FedEx Ground Package System Inc and FedEx Freight Inc, had sought penalties under the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, which prohibits shipping contraband cigarettes.

In his ruling, Judge Edgardo Ramos noted that the complaint simply alleged that, sometime within a 10-year span, FedEx made shipments totaling over 10,000 cigarettes. “Without further details, there is insufficient factual content to ‘draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the misconduct alleged.’”

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A cigarette smuggling epidemic is coming to DC

From: The Hill | Opinion

As a component of Washington, D.C.’s most recent city budget, the district will raise its cigarette excise tax from $2.50 per pack to $4.50 next month. This development is notable not only because it means the tax will increase by 80 percent in just one year, but also because D.C. will have one of the highest state cigarette taxes in the country after the increase is in place Oct. 1.

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The Economist Events’ Global Illicit Trade Summit to Spark Action-Driven Dialogue on Combating Illicit Trade

From: Press Release

ABU DHABI, UAE, September 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

  • ShadowEconomies estimated to be overUS$3 trillion
  • UAE ranks 34th in the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index

From counterfeit goods to illicit financial flows, to human trafficking and drugs; the ‘shadow’ economy is estimated to reach over US$3 trillion[1]. With an aim to create a dialogue and address the root cause of illegal trade, The Economist Events will host the third Global Illicit Trade Summit on October 30th, 2018 at the Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

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