Sentencing set in contraband cigarettes case

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ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A man is scheduled for sentencing next week on federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of cartons of cigarettes.

Fred Brackett, who ran a tobacco wholesale company in Lancaster, S.C., is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Miss

Court records say Brackett, working with tobacco distributors in Mississippi, bought more than 188,000 cartons of cigarettes and made it appear they were being sold in Mississippi when he was really selling them in South Carolina.

By doing do, he dodged taxes and payments to an escrow account required in South Carolina as a part of a lawsuit agreement between 46 states and tobacco companies.

Two men connected to a distribution company in Tupelo, Miss., also pleaded guilty in the case.

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