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Business owner charged with fraud, conspiracy

Many Pennsylvania readers are familiar with tobacco stores, the retail outlets where customers can buy everything from cigarettes and cigars to all types of smoking paraphernalia. The owner of a Tannersville tobacco shop is now facing serious federal charges after authorities say he acted with others to facilitate the purchase of products by using stolen credit cards. The fraud and conspiracy charges could have serious negative ramifications for the man, up to and including the loss of his business and livelihood.

According to reports, officials believe that the former owner of an establishment called Cigar and Tobacco Outlet worked with others to use stolen credit card numbers to purchase goods through the business. This act would have profited the owner of the store, since the charges would have been honored by the credit card company, even though the card information had been stolen and was being used by an unauthorized party. The man is listed as the former owner of that business, and it is unclear why he no longer holds that position, or if he has opened a similar business elsewhere.

The charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud. It is alleged that the man worked with others to forge names on credit card and debit card receipts. An investigation into the matter is ongoing and is being conducted by the Monroe District Attorney's Office and Homeland Security.

If the Pennsylvania man is found guilty on these fraud and conspiracy charges, he could face a wide range of negative outcomes. For one, he could be assessed fines at a level the court finds appropriate. In addition, he could spend time behind bars. Either of these consequences could make it difficult for him to move on with new business plans and to support himself in the manner that he chooses.

Source: poconorecord.com, "Tannersville tobacco shop owner faces federal fraud charges", Nov. 12, 2015

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