Brackett sentenced in cigarette scheme

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Fred Brackett of South Carolina was sentenced Thursday for his part in a Tupelo-based black-market cigarette conspiracy.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ordered him to serve 15 months in prison and pay $206,000 in restitution. He also will be allowed to turn himself in at the designated prison Sept. 10.
Brackett pleaded guilty Dec. 14 to three counts of mail fraud, lying on state and federal business reports and making money off illegal activities.
The charges brought against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Mississippi claimed he purchased 188,667 cartons of cigarettes through Globe Distributing in Tupelo to avoid paying federal and state taxes.
If convicted on all counts, he faced up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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