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Comptroller Franchot Releases FY 17 Figures for Alcohol, Cigarette and Fuel Violations

August 24th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Reinforcing  his agency’s continued commitment to aggressively enforce Maryland’s tax laws, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced the final figures for alcohol, cigarette and motor fuel violations for fiscal year 2017. Making the announcement surrounded by contraband products, Franchot praised the work of his agents and other law enforcement agencies in working together to protect law-abiding businesses from underground operations and tax cheats.

“The blatant disregard of Maryland tax laws, which protect law-abiding businesses and consumers, will not be ignored,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I am very proud of the diligent efforts of my field enforcement agents and inspectors to stop criminals and their contraband.  These enforcement actions, along with the stricter penalties we’ve been able to enact, send a clear message that this type of illegal activity will not be tolerated in Maryland and that criminals will be punished.”

For fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30, Comptroller agents issued 87 cigarette violations resulting in the confiscation of a total of 103,190 packs of cigarettes and 87,561 packages of Other Tobacco Products (OTP) with a combined retail value of $738,415. This represents a tax loss of more than $254,000. FY 2017 saw an increase in the amount of confiscated alcohol. This past year saw 250 gallons of distilled liquor, 9.39 gallons of wine and more than 1,186 containers of beer confiscated along with the issuance of 25 violations. The total retail value of the seized alcohol was $42,843. The gallons of distilled liquor and containers of beer confiscated represent an increase of more than 100 percent from FY 2016.

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