Fine of $30,000 for Possession of Untaxed Cigars
Convicted: Qadeer Ahmad
Description of Offence: Possession of untaxed cigars for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offence: August 4, 2018
Date of Conviction: January 17, 2019, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court
Penalty Imposed: A fine of $30,000 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On August 4, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 20,183 untaxed cigars. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.