By NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Two more defendants will be sentenced Feb. 15 in north Mississippi’s far-flung blackmarket tobacco investigation.
Robert Ammerman, 69, and Mike Ammerman, 47, of Kentucky pleaded guilty June 29 to one federal count each of making false monthly tobacco reports. They were doing business as Farmers Tobacco in Cynthiana, Ky.
Each faces up to three years in prison and not more than a $250,000 fine. But they agreed to forfeit $8 million in cash, representing the proceeds from their illegal activity – one of the single largest cash forfeitures in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency.
Their pleas are part of a multi-faceted probe of contraband cigarette sales, which generally seek to avoid paying state and federal taxes on the products.