NEW YORK (NBC) -- A Queens couple is accused of selling illegal cigarettes at their store.
District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday that Masoom Uddin and his wife, Khaleda, have been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and violating the New York State tax law. They face 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Investigators learned of the scheme Aug. 12 after customs officials intercepted some 15 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Karachi, Pakistan, addressed to the couple's Queens home.
The DA says another 700 cartons of untaxed cigarettes -- more than half of which contained forged tax stamps -- were found inside the couple's home and their video store.
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A call to the couple's lawyer was not immediately returned.