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January 27, 2013

Pair pleads guilty to illegal-smokes trade

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Hartunian said millions in federal-excise taxes are lost each year because of unlicensed cigarette makers on the reservation, creating an unfair advantage.

He vowed to work with federal and tribal officials to bring other manufacturers into compliance.

“Illegally manufacturing tobacco products is a crime that hurts law-abiding businesses and the health of our communities,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a news release.

“These guilty pleas will bring accountability for a scheme that had many victims.”

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