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Possession of Untaxed Cigars Leads to $10,000 Fine

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Possession of Untaxed Cigars Leads to $10,000 Fine

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Thomas Gnanaprahgasam

Location of Offence: Hamilton

Description of Offence: Possession of untaxed cigars for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act

Date of Offence: September 28, 2018

Date of Conviction: April 2, 2019, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court

Penalty Imposed: A fine of $10,000 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On September 28, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 6,984 untaxed cigars. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.

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