Bogus foreign tobacco dealers’ scheme goes up in smoke
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.