NJ judge fines NY firm for illegal tobacco sales

TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey judge has imposed more than $760,000 in penalties and fees against a New York-based tobacco seller that offered mail-order, “tax-free” online cigarettes camel to New Jersey consumers.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the ruling in the state’s lawsuit against Salamanca, N.Y.-based Red Jacket Tobacco on Monday.

Superior Court Judge Maria Sypek found that Red Jacket and its owner, Lesley Hoag, violated state laws by selling cigarettes in New Jersey without a license, by advertising them as tax-free, by selling unapproved brands and by failing to verify that buyers were of legal age.

Court papers did not list an attorney for Red Jacket. A woman who answered the telephone at its offices Monday said no one was there to comment.


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