Business owner pleads guilty to contraband cigarettes

From: The Examiner

By Brandon Dumsky

An Independence business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a multi-million dollar, multi-conspiracy to transport hundreds of thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes from the Kansas City area to the state of New York, where they are primarily sold on Indian reservations.

Craig Sheffler, 45, of Independence, pleaded guilty before a U.S. District judge to participating in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and contraband cigarette trafficking from July 2010 to January 2012. He has forfeited $599,206 to the federal government from his company, Cheap Tobacco Wholesale, in Independence, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney Office.

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