Settles gets house arrest for tobacco scheme plea

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Jack Settles of Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to house arrest for his part in a long-running black-market tobacco scheme.
Settles, 56, who owned a cigarette manufacturing business in Kentucky, pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to one federal count of trafficking in contraband cigarettes.
He is one of at least a dozen the Northern District U.S. Attorney’s Office has prosecuted for involvement to acquiring cigarettes in Mississippi to avoid paying federal and state taxes and fees.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced Settles to six months home detention followed by three years supervised released. He also was ordered to pay a $40,000 fine and forfeit $160,000 to the U.S. government.