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A person under investigation for contraband cigars

Submitted by Oliver on April 6, 2012 – 6:55 amNo Comment

A man from the Panama City has been accused with illegally selling tax-exempt cigars to wholesalers from other states. And it seems that this was quite a profitable business.

The main suspect Ehab Ahmed owns the Panama City Wholesale Supply on Beach Dr. According to the law-enforcement authorities, they confiscated some strong evidence from Mr. Ahmed’s house that proves that this person is guilty of cheating the United States, mail fraud, laundering money, etc.

In 2010, a small group of undercover agents established contact with Ehab Ahmed willing to buy untaxed cigars. They told him they would sell them at a cheaper price in Georgia where there is a 14% cigar tax, and compete with bigger retailers. According to their report, Ahmed has been selling them large lots of cigars costing as much as $200000 per load. The operation was cancelled in October last year after the authorities caught him in the act.

The detectives think Ahmed gained circa 1 million dollars from October 2010 to August 2011 by illegally selling cigars. However, according to Ahmed’s bank records, the suspect has never deposited more than $10000 at a time; otherwise, the bank should have reported any transactions over $10000 to the IRS.

Am I the only one who thinks that the story didn’t take its end yet and we’ll probably hear of their characters once more in the future? Stay in touch, we’ll keep you informed of any news we get.

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