GREENVILLE – Jerry Burke of Tupelo will be sentenced Dec. 22 in Greenville for his role in a multi-state blackmarket cigarette scheme.
Burke pleaded guilty more than a year ago. His attorney, Tony Farese of Ashland, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Burke was accused of operating the business out of two Tupelo warehouses, which were raided in the spring of 2009, and of causing the loss of millions in tax dollars to the U.S. and states by selling untaxed tobacco products to other scheme participants.
One of those sites, at 120 N. Front St., was forfeited Tuesday to the U.S. government.
Several others have been charged with various crimes associated with the scheme.
NEMS Daily Journal