Rochester man arrested for untaxed cigarettes

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Jamie Woodward announced today the arrest of a Rochester man on felony tax crime charges for his role in trafficking 580 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and more than 1,200 untaxed cigars.Charged in the case was Juan V. Virella, 31, of 65 Hortense Street in Rochester. The defendant was charged with Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes, Possession of Counterfeit Stamped Cigarettes and Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, all class E felonies punishable by up to four years in state prison and Possession of Untaxed Cigars, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in prison.Virella was arrested on October 6 at Juan’s Ghetto Nick Nacs and Things store, located at 210 Lyell Avenue. In the course of the arrest, State Tax Department investigators found the untaxed cartons of cigarettes and cigars. Some of the packs of cigarettes had counterfeit tax stamps affixed to them. The seized cigarettes and cigars represent an estimated $30,000 in unpaid taxes to the state of New York. Following his arraignment, Virella was released on his own recognizance. His next court date is set for December 1 in Rochester City Court.The office of Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green will coordinate the prosecution of this suspect.Acting Commissioner Woodward thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in prosecuting this case.

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