New York state lawsuit claims UPS shipped untaxed cigarettes

February 18, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman. AP photo
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The New York state attorney general says in a lawsuit that UPS allegedly shipped 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the state between 2010 and 2014.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter planned to file the $180 million lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

According to the Times Union of Albany, they said the shipments amounted to $29.7 million in lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit claims UPS shipped unstamped cigarettes from at least six unlicensed vendors on Indian reservations.

UPS denied the allegations. It tells the newspaper that UPS tobacco policy strictly prohibits the shipment of cigarettes to consumers and unlicensed dealers or distributors.

-The Associated Press

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