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Prison Time In Tobacco Case

Posted by WCBI News Director | July 31, 2012 / 03:09pm | Local News
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Tennessee man has been sentenced for his role in routing tobacco through Mississippi to avoid taxes.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports ( that Randy Benham of Cordova, Tenn., was sentenced Monday to 12 months plus one day by U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson.
He was placed on three years' supervised release after his prison sentence is complete. Benham also was ordered to pay $25,000 restitution to the state of South Carolina, where the tobacco taxes were owed.
Benham pleaded guilty in 2009 to counts of fraud, false statements and money laundering.
Prosecutors say Benham, along with Jerry G. Burke of Tupelo, Miss., helped run a scheme to dodge state and federal taxes. Others involved included a New York tobacco importer and a South Carolina warehouse owner.
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