UPS Illegally Shipped 136 Million Contraband Cigarettes In New York, Says New Lawsuit

February 18, 2015 7:17 PM

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UPS Illegally Shipped 136 Million Contraband Cigarettes In New York, Says New Lawsuit

A new multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit alleges that UPS unlawfully shipped almost 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, undercutting anti-smoking efforts and depriving the state of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

The joint lawsuit, filed Wednesday by both the state and the city of New York, says the shipping giant made nearly 80,000 illicit shipments of cigarettes from unlicensed vendors on the state's Native American reservations to locations elsewhere in the state from 2010 to 2014.

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