DALLAS — Two area residents, including an 80-year-old man, are confronting swindling charges after a months-long prick operation unclosed a intrigue that warranted them thousands of dollars offered tax-free cigarettes.
John Marshall Woodrosky, 80, of 15 Woodlawn Ave., Harveys Lake, and George McDaniels, of 144 W. Cemetery St., Ashley, are confronting mixed transgression depends of possessing and conspiring to possess unstamped cigarettes. Investigators lay a span bought untaxed cigarettes from New York state Native American reservations and resold them in Luzerne and Columbia counties for outrageous increase — earning about $10,000 per trip.
According to a charges, a review into a operation began Aug. 7, when state military Cpl. Michael Reffeor saw a line combining during a black Chevrolet SUV parked in a lot of Kmart on U.S. Route 11. The guard went to speak to Woodrosky, watching bags and cartons of cigarettes that Woodrosky pronounced he was offered for $30 any — about 50 percent off a taxed cigarette price.
Troopers launched an clandestine prick operation and bought 12 cartons and bags of untaxed cigarettes from Woodrosky over a subsequent 4 months, according to a military affidavit. Police contend they documented Woodrosky, who was formerly investigated for bootleg cigarette sales, creation bootleg sales in locations trimming from Pittston to Berwick.
The review suggested Woodrosky was roving to a Sacajawea and Rez fume shops on a Tonawanda Indian Reservation nearby Buffalo, where he was shopping cigarettes for $20 per crate and $10 per bag, according to a affidavit.
Each trip, Woodrosky bought some-more than $10,000 value of cigarettes, afterwards gathering a hundreds of cartons and bags behind to a Wyoming Valley to sell them for outrageous mark-ups — $30 per crate and $23 per bag, according to police.
The sales lonesome a costs of a purchases and about $10,000 in distinction for any trip, military said.
During a hunt of Woodrosky’s home in December, troopers found some-more than $183,000 in money — pressed in kitchen cabinets, closets and in wardrobe — as good as some-more than 300 bags and cartons of untaxed cigarettes, military said.
Woodrosky certified to offered untaxed cigarettes for about 5 years and pronounced he used a deduction to buy a Chevrolet Traverse and a Chevrolet Tahoe, and that his unchanging business “call him all day long,” according to a military affidavit.
During a apart interview, McDaniels certified concomitant Woodrosky on about 15 of a trips to buy cigarettes and that for assisting expostulate on any outing he was compensated with 4 cartons of cigarettes, for a distinction of about $280, military said.
Troopers this week charged Woodrosky in Columbia County with 17 transgression counts, including traffic in a deduction of bootleg activity; while McDaniels was charged in Luzerne County with 10 transgression depends of possessing and conspiring to possess unstamped cigarettes.
Magisterial District Judge James Tupper expelled McDaniels on $10,000 unsecured bail following an prosecution Thursday. In Columbia County, Magisterial District Judge Richard W. Knecht expelled Woodrosky on $50,000 unsecured bail.
Both group have rough hearings set for subsequent month.
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