- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a New York City cigar distributor has been convicted of dodging millions of dollars in tobacco taxes on cigars he sold after buying them in Pennsylvania.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said Wednesday that Sulaiman Aamir was convicted of criminal tax fraud and other charges. They carry the potential for up to 25 years in prison.

Schneiderman says the conviction shows that “those who skirt our tax laws will face serious consequences.” Aamir’s lawyer hasn’t immediately returned a phone message.

Prosecutors said Aamir brought in millions of cigars from Pennsylvania wholesalers and resold them in New York without fully paying a 75% state tax on the wholesale price. Authorities said records showed he paid only $100,000 for a nine-month span in which he owed nearly $7 million.

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