2 Illinois Men Charged with Tax Crimes for Transporting $53,000 Worth of Contraband Tobacco Products

2 Illinois Men Charged with Tax Crimes for Transporting $53,000 Worth of Contraband Tobacco Products Photo: KSTP

July 11, 2018 03:03 PM

Two Illinois men face charges in Minnesota after authorities over $50,000 of untaxed tobacco products in a rental truck. 

The Minnesota Department of Revenue says Mohamed Tlaib and Hamdi Nimer both face one count of aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco.

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In November 2017, a Minnesota State Trooper stopped a rental truck operated by the two for bypassing a weigh station. After escorting the truck to a weigh station, inspectors found a large number of tobacco products. 

Talib and Nimer were not licensed tobacco distributors and could not provide invoices or paperwork for the products. 

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Investigators executed a search warrant and were able to determine the retail value of the contraband tobacco products was nearly $53,000, meaning nearly $51,000 in Minnesota tobacco taxes should have been paid, the department reports. 

According to the Department of Revenue, each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000 fine. 

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