Pensioner fined$60,000 for untaxed cigarettes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LOCAL pensioner was fined $60,000 yesterday at the Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to possessing hundreds of packets of untaxed cigarettes for the second time in two years.

Hj Jamain Abdullah, 51, admitted to possessing 112 cartons and 174 loose packets of cigarettes yesterday when charged.

Customs preventive officers, acting on a public tip-off, raided his house along Jln Wasai Limuru Barat at the Tanah Jambu national housing scheme on September 29, 2016, where they found the contraband goods stored in various rooms around the house.

The defendant, who is a retired businessman, was detained and questioned by the officers at the Royal Customs and Excise Department building, where he told investigators that the goods belonged to him and that he had been asked by another man to sell them to the public in return for a commission at a rate of $1.50 per packet and $8 per carton.

The excise duties that were due to the state for the cigarettes amounted to $6,005.

During yesterday’s proceedings before the presiding Magistrate Hjh Ervy Suftriana Hj Abd Rahman, the sentence was handed down taking into consideration of the defendant’s recent conviction of the same offence in February 2015 where he was fined $8,000.

The presiding magistrate also ordered for the defendant to settle the fine within the day or risk a six-month in default prison sentence.

The defendant indicated yesterday that he would not be able to pay the fine within the time frame given and would be serving the in default sentence instead.

The Brunei Times