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Man Sentenced for Tobacco Tax Evasion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

Contact Person: DeWayne Pearson (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ----- William N. Nettles, United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina announced today that William Bradford Ellis, Sr. 63 of High Point, North Carolina, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day incarceration for his conviction on one count of evasion of tobacco taxes. Ellis was the proprietor of Ellis Enterprises, a tobacco wholesaler doing business in North and South Carolina. Facts presented during Mr. Ellis’ guilty plea showed that he falsified invoices and records at his company to avoid paying more than $210,000 in tobacco taxes during 2009. 

The investigation and convictions were pursued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office.

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