GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Sentencing for a Tupelo man who took part in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation has been rescheduled for Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville.
Federal court records show Jerry Burke pleaded guilty in November 2009 to defrauding the federal government and states' governments out of millions of dollars in taxes and fees because of the cigarette smuggling.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Burke was accused of operating the business out of 2 Tupelo warehouses, which were raided in the spring of 2009, and of causing the loss tax dollars to the U.S. and states by selling untaxed tobacco products to other scheme participants.
Several others have been charged with various crimes associated with the scheme.
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