Possession of Untaxed Cigars Leads to $10,000 Fine
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.