Ottawa Resident Fined $25,000 for Possession of Unmarked Tobacco
Convicted: Steven Charles Neilsen
Description of Offences: Two counts of possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offences: January 18, 2018 and February 28, 2018
Date of Convictions: November 15, 2018, at the Ottawa Provincial Offences Court
Penalties Imposed: Two fines totalling $25,000 were imposed on Steven Charles Neilsen. In addition, the court imposed 25 per cent victim fine surcharges as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On January 18, 2018, Ministry of Finance investigators searched a vehicle and discovered 99,110 unmarked cigarettes. On February 28, 2018, Ministry of Finance investigators searched a vehicle and discovered 102,800 unmarked cigarettes. All tobacco products were seized and forfeited.