The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Eastern District of California is one of the largest judicial districts in the country, both in terms of population and land mass. It has almost eight million residents and encompasses six large urban areas: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton,Vallejo, and Fairfield. It extends over 87,000 square miles, 45% of which is federal land and includes 34 counties reaching from the Oregon border in the north down to Bakersfield in the south, and from the coastal mountains in the west, to the Nevada border in the east. (Click here for the CaliforniaCounty map of the Eastern District.) The attorneys and staff of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California are proud to represent residents of this large and culturally diverse district. It is the mission and the pledge of this office to represent the United States with determination, professionalism, and integrity.
Issue No. 59
The U.S. Attorney's
Report to the District
Excise Tax Evasion Prosecutions
Early this month, following a seven-day trial in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, a jury convicted Moo Hoon Kim, 54, of Cypress, California, of mail fraud in a case prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The evidence at trial showed that Kim, a wholesaler and distributor of tobacco products, had used front companies to disguise purchases and sales, evading at least $16 million in California excise taxes. Kim will be sentenced in June. The conviction is the latest accomplishment in a long-running federal-state effort to address the problem of rampant tax evasion in the tobacco products industry.
In California, non-cigarette tobacco products, referred to as other tobacco products or OTP, including cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco and leaf tobacco, are subject to a nearly 30% excise tax. Much of the proceeds of this tax are used to fund California’s early childhood development program, First 5 California.
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