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Fine of $30,000 for Possession of Untaxed Cigars

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Fine of $30,000 for Possession of Untaxed Cigars

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Qadeer Ahmad

Location: Hamilton

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.

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