Two NC tobacco distributors facing charges

January 26, 2010 8:09:57 PM PST
Two North Carolina tobacco distributors are facing several charges for allegedly defrauding the state of millions of dollars in taxes.The charges against the owners of Tobaccoville USA and J&E Distributors came down late Tuesday afternoon.

They are accused of overstating sales of cigarettes for 2005 and understating sales for 2006.

Court documents allege the fictitious sales were done to allow the distributors to avoid having to pay an excise tax increase of up to $3 a carton that went into effect after September 1, 2005.

The charges against John June Junior and Larry Philips include tax evasion and conspiracy to commit obtaining property by false pretenses.

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