From: Salisbury News
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office confirmed this afternoon the conviction of Basel Ramadan after a 10-week bench trial. Ramadan, 44, who lived and operated businesses in Ocean City with other family members, was found guilty on 198 counts, including Enterprise Corruption, Money Laundering and numerous tax crimes by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen A. Riveiezzo. He now faces anywhere from eight to 25 years on the Enterprise Corruption charge and up to 30 years for the other counts combined.
In a statement, Schneiderman said, “This individual led a criminal enterprise that stretched from Maryland to New York, flooded our state with millions of cheap cigarettes, and cheated New Yorkers out of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Not only did this enterprise put law-abiding businesses in New York at a competitive disadvantage, but it increased the possibility of violence that comes with any type of smuggling operation. I’m deeply gratified that justice has been served.”