A Pitt County man has been sentenced to a year in prison and barred from the tobacco industry for 10 years for evading federal excise taxes on cigarettes produced by his company.
U.S. Attorney Brian McGuinn says 56-year-old Terence McLaughlin of Winterville also must pay more than $950,000 in unpaid excise taxes.
McLaughlin was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Virginia.
McGuinn says McLaughlin and his company, CLP Inc., underreported the number of tax stamps affixed to Bridgeton branded cigarettes. They also created false documents that said the cigarettes' destination was a location in New York.
The cigarettes were shipped to Virginia and Kentucky and later were resold in those states, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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