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Friday, June 14, 2013

4 Sued for Illegally Selling Cigarettes

Four people are accused of illegally selling cigarettes online, and Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane has filed a civil lawsuit against them.

She says Phillip Jimerson, Heidi Jimerson, Wendy Boon and William Achord set up online businesses to avoid paying state cigarette taxes. They sold the cigarettes through the websites NativeBlends.net and Savontobacco.com, among others.

Kane says customers were led to believe they would not owe state sales taxes because the companies were based in Panama. But, she says, payments were deposited in a Nebraska bank, and the cigarettes were ordered from a New York warehouse and shipped from U.S. facilities.

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and civil penalties.

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