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Brooklyn man charged with selling counterfeit cigarettes

Brooklyn man charged with selling counterfeit cigarettes
The cigarettes were stamped or branded with counterfeit tax stamps, authorities said.

The cigarettes were stamped or branded with counterfeit tax stamps, authorities said.

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A Brooklyn man was charged with allegedly selling at least 30,000 in counterfeit cigarettes, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said Wednesday.

Farouq A. Al-Mathil, 40, allegedly stored and trafficked cigarettes either Virginia-stamped or branded with counterfeit New York state and city cigarette tax stamps. He was taken into custody Monday near a Red Hook storage facility, authorities said.

More than 890 cartons of brand name cigarettes, worth about $89,000, were recovered. Al-Mathil was charged with several offenses, including criminal tax fraud and attempting to evade state and city taxes.

Al-Mathil couldn’t be reached for comment and it could not be determined if he had retained an attorney.

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