New York man gets 7+ years for multi-million dollar St. Louis contraband cigarette case

From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • A man from New York was sentenced Monday to seven years and three months in prison for a contraband cigarette conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Yakov Pisman, 60, was one of the leaders of the conspiracy and the final defendant of 14 indicted in 2016. The group was accused of conspiring over four years to buy cigarettes in low cigarette tax markets like St. Louis and Atlanta and transport them to New York, which has high taxes, prosecutors said. More than $56 million in illegal profits were then laundered through the conspirators and their associated companies, prosecutors said.

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