August 2022         
Today's Date: September 30, 2022
INROADS, THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND AND UNCF TO IMPACT THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH HBCU INITIATIVE   •   Mogul Launches Nationwide Campaign Called “Build Better Boards” to Champion More Diverse Boards   •   LIBERTY Dental Plan of New York Awards 12 Scholarships in Partnership with PENCIL   •   Nahʔą Dehé Dene Band, Dehcho First Nations and Parks Canada sign the Ndahecho Gondié Gháád   •   Lug Announces a 3-Year Commitment to the SickKids Foundation in Support of The Hospital for Sick Children   •   COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Perspectives Survey Demonstrates the Importance of Vaccination and Booster Rates Among the U.S. Paraly   •   Black Immigrant Organizations File FOIA Lawsuit Demanding Transparency on the Abuse of Haitians in Del Rio Last Year   •   Toyota Financial Services Offers Payment Relief to Customers Affected by Hurricane Ian   •   “What I Want to Know with Kevin P. Chavous” Podcast Launches Third Season in Search of Answers to Education’s   •   Animal 'Bioreactor' Produces High-Quality Cells for Bone Marrow Transplantation   •   ACHIEVEMENT & ACTIVISM: THE BLACK WOMEN'S AGENDA, INC. HOSTS ITS 45TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM TOWN HALL & AWARDS LUNCHEON   •   Greenwood and Travis Hunter Sign NIL Deal and Partner to Launch the “Choose Black” Campaign   •   The Voice of the Martyrs Releases New Short Feature about Nigerian Christian Woman Recovering Bible After Family Martyred   •   Mogul Launches Nationwide Campaign Called “Build Better Boards” to Champion More Diverse Boards   •   Greenwood and Travis Hunter Sign NIL Deal and Partner to Launch the “Choose Black” Campaign   •   Test Release special characters in the headline © ® ™ é ñ ü ç î ò   •   Test Release special characters in the headline © ® ™ é ñ ü ç î ò   •   LIBERTY Dental Plan of New York Awards 12 Scholarships in Partnership with PENCIL   •   Poll: Over Half of Voters of Color Oppose Government Negotiation of Drug Prices Once They Learn About Consequences for Patients   •   Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett Joins UN Panel to Fight Human Trafficking

Notice: Undefined index: currentSection in /home/blackradionetwork/public_html/page.php on line 176
Bookmark and Share

NYC Mayor Reveals Illegal Cigarette Sales Srting

 

 

            NEW YORK - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt, Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo and Finance Commissioner David M. Frankel have announced the results of an undercover investigation into illegal cigarette sales at the Poospatuck reservation onLong Island. Two cigarette dealers were caught on tape illegally selling large quantities of cigarettes on which State and City taxes had not been paid. According to the US Census Bureau, there were 296 people living on the Poospatuck reservation last year, yet the reservation’s smokeshops have so far sold more than four million cartons of un-taxed cigarettes in 2010.  That works out to more than 523 packs a day for every man, woman, and child living on the reservation.

 

“A law intended to protect the sovereignty of Native Americans has been exploited to fill the pockets of bootleggers and crooked cigarette dealers,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Although New York City has won some significant victories in the courts, smokeshops on the Poospatuck reservation continue to violate the law and sell un-taxed cigarettes to bootleggers who openly state that they are buying them for resale in New York City.”

           

“In 2009, sales of un-taxed cigarettes on reservations accounted for one third of all brand-name cigarette sales in New York,” said John Feinblatt, the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor. “That adds up to nearly a billion dollars in lost tax revenue the State and City could have used during these tough times.”

 

“This video confirms our ongoing allegations that cigarette sellers on the Poospatuck Reservation are flouting the law,” said Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo.  “Native Americans have every right to sell to reservation residents, but that’s not what’s going on here.  New York City’s residents become the victims of the illegal game being played by unscrupulous sellers.  We’ll continue to pursue our cases aggressively, using our full legal arsenal.”

 

“This is another example of legitimate businesses being criminally undercut by those who steal from the City coffers,” said Finance Commissioner Frankel. “We will use all civil and criminal enforcement mechanisms at our disposal to go after anyone who thinks they can cheat the people of this city and get away with it.”

 

The Department of Finance’s Office of Tax Enforcement is responsible for detecting and working with prosecutors to punish the criminal evasion of New York City’s tax laws.  Last week, working with the Mayor’s Financial Crime Task Force, the City’s Department of Finance sent undercover investigators to two of the approximately forty-nine cigarette sellers on the Poospatuck reservation. The investigators stated that they were buying cigarettes for re-sale in the city and were able to purchase 60 cartons of un-stamped, un-taxed cigarettes.

 

            Native Americans are permitted by law to purchase and possess unstamped cigarettes on which taxes have not been pre-paid, but only for personal use or re-sale on the reservation to other tribe members. Stores on the Poospatuck Reservation illegally sell cigarettes to bootleggers in sales that are subject to taxation.

 

            The Federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2341, makes it a felony – and also gives rise to civil liability – to sell cigarettes without tax stamps in states where the cigarettes are subject to tax.  The New York Cigarette Marketing Standards Act also includes civil liability for selling cigarettes without including amounts for all taxes required by law.  Cigarettes sold by Native Americans to the public are taxable and by law must bear tax stamps in New York.

 

            In September 2008, Mayor Bloomberg and Corporation Counsel Cardozo announced that the City had filed a complaint in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York against eight Long Island businesses located on the Poospatuck reservation for illegally selling cigarettes on which State and City taxes had not been paid, in violation of the Federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act and State law. The City’s investigation had documented sales by these reservation businesses of nearly 24 million cartons of contraband cigarettes since 2004.  In August 2009, Judge Carol B. Amon issued an injunction barring further sales to the public of untaxed cigarettes by the defendants named in that suit. 

 


STORY TAGS: NATIVE AMERICAN , INDIAN , NATIVES , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , DIVERSITY , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News