Friday, November 23, 2012
Illegal cigarette tax cheats
From the NY Post:
A Queens mother and her son were arrested with 677 cartons of illegal Asian cigarettes and $132,000 in cash, authorities announced today.
Ying-Jian Lin, 48, and Xiao Lin, 23, face up to four years in prison for peddling the shady smokes, which are untaxed and don’t carry the required surgeon general warnings, according to a Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Investigators watched the son pick up the contraband cartons from a Flushing garage and carry them to a small grocery store where his mother was spotted selling the cigarettes, Brown said.
Authorities said they found the cash --- mostly in $50 and $100 bills --- in a safe-deposit box.
Brown said the pair would have cheated the city out of about $45,000 in taxes on the seized smokes alone.