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September 21, 2018

City of Fulton Man Arrested for Tax Fraud


Some of the of nearly one million illegal cigarettes. (NYS State Police Photo)

Some of the of nearly one million illegal cigarettes. (NYS State Police Photo)

FULTON, NY – On Wednesday, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit concluded a joint investigation with the city of Fulton Police Department into the possession and distribution of untaxed cigarettes in the city of Fulton and surrounding areas.

Miguel Espinosa

Miguel Espinosa

A search warrant was executed at a storage facility in the town of Van Buren that resulted in the seizure of nearly one million illegal cigarettes (4,903 cartons) with an estimated value of $ 210,829.

The following subject was arrested as a result of the combined enforcement action:

• Miguel Espinosa, 46, LKA of 91 Somers Drive, Fulton.

Criminal Charges:

• Criminal Tax Fraud – 2nd Degree (Class C – Felony) Violation of Section 1805 NY Tax Law

• Attempts to Evade / Defeat Cigarette Tax (Class D Felony) Violation of Section 1814 (A) NY Tax Law.

Inside the storage facility (NYS State Police Photo)

Inside the storage facility (NYS State Police Photo)

•  Possession and Transports of 10,000 or more unstamped cigarettes (Class E Felony) Violation of Section 1814 (C) (2) NY Tax Law

Espinosa was arraigned in the Town of Lysander Court.

He was remanded to Onondaga County Sheriff on $25,000 cash/$50,000 bond.

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