Two C-stores Caught in Contraband Cigarette Scheme

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Two C-stores Caught in Contraband Cigarette Scheme

11/06/2006
WAKEFIELD, R.I. -- Police confiscated almost 9,500 packs of contraband cigarettes from two convenience stores here, totaling $27,000 in state tax revenue, according to Associated Press reports.

The cigarettes were found at South Kingstown Convenience Store and Wakefield Food Mart. According to David Thomas at Rhode Island's Division of Taxation, Mian Aslam owns the two stores.

Fake tax stamps were used on the cigarette packs that Aslam allegedly planned to sell in stores, according to authorities. Aslam reportedly was going keep the tax money the stores charged from the sale for himself, the AP reported.

Aslam was charged with two felony counts of forging stamps, and several misdemeanor charges.