March 29, 2011

Garfield man is charged with possessing, distributing cigarettes bearing counterfeit New Jersey tax stamps


The Record

GARFIELD — A city man has been charged with distributing and possessing counterfeit New Jersey tax-stamped cigarettes, authorities said Thursday.

Piotr Ligmanowski, 35, was arrested in a parking lot outside a store in Garfield on Wednesday after a two month investigation, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said. Investigators found 59 cartons of cigarettes bearing counterfeit New Jersey state tax stamps in Ligmanowski’s possession at the time of his arrest.

An undisclosed amount of cash and a number of additional cartons of cigarettes — many of which were from other states — were later found in a search of Ligmanowski’s apartment, Molinelli said.

Ligmanowski is a Polish citizen, according to jail records. He was being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on Thursday with bail set at $50,000.

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