WINNIPEG – Two people have big bills to pay to the province.
Manitoba Finance says Craig Blacksmith, who owns a smoke shop on the Dakota Plains First Nation, and his employee, Tammy Walters were fined on a number of charges.
It came after RCMP seized of almost a million non-marked cigarettes, close to 2000 tins of chewing tobacco, six guns, cash and a vehicle in 2014.
All tobacco here must be stamped showing taxes have been paid to the government.
The pair were convicted yesterday of various offences under the Tobacco Tax and other acts.
Blacksmith must pay fines and penalties over $1.1 million while Walters has to ante up almost $875, 000.
Ministry official, David Couprie tells 680 CJOB those who buy illegal tobacco may think they’re getting a good deal, but, they’re not.
“It’s often considered a victimless crime, but all these tax dollars are used for programs within Manitoba social programs, education and health. Losses of substantial amount of tax make it difficult to maintain those programs.”
Both have ten years to pay.
(Picture courtesy of the Province of Manitoba)