Bo­gus for­eign to­bacco dealers’ scheme goes up in smoke

The Myanmar Times - - News -

A fire in a Shwe Pyi Thar town­ship ware­house on Novem­ber 28 brought at­ten­tion to the fact that to­bacco was be­ing fraud­u­lently mis­la­belled there, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The fire started at the ware­house on Ka Naung Road at 4:30pm. Po­lice went to in­ves­ti­gate. They found that the fire started when a ma­chine re­spon­si­ble for seal­ing bags con­tain­ing empty for­eign to­bacco cans set off a spark and over­heated.

The bags con­tained more than 900 empty for­eign to­bacco cans, which po­lice say were go­ing to be filled with lo­cally pro­duced to­bacco.

Ye Win Naing, 23, and U Khin Soe, 55, are be­ing charged un­der sec­tions 420 and 486 of the pe­nal code, for dis­hon­esty in the sale of a prod­uct and sell­ing goods marked with a coun­ter­feit trade­mark. If con­victed, they could face up to eight years in prison.

Po­lice charged him un­der sec­tions 420, 468 and 486 of the pe­nal code, for dis­hon­esty in the sale of a prod­uct, forgery and sell­ing goods marked with a coun­ter­feit trade­mark. If con­victed, he could face up to 11 years in prison.

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