Trio Charged With Tobacco Tax Dodging Fail To Obtain Dismissal

Trio Charged With Tobacco Tax Dodging Fail To Obtain Dismissal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against three people who allegedly used falsified invoices to avoid paying more than $2 million in Kentucky excise taxes on $12.5 million worth of cigarettes sold throughout the country, saying May 13 that the federal government properly alleged the elements of wire fraud and that a defendant failed to demonstrate selective or vindictive prosecution (USA v. Pedro Bello, et al., No. 3:11-cr-127, W.D. Ky.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67624).

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