Man sentenced in contraband cigarette case

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - An Arkansas man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes.

James B. Trosper, of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty in 2011 to three counts involving the scheme.

WTVA-TV reports that Trosper was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Oxford.

Prosecutors say Trosper and others were involved in a multi-state scheme to defraud federal officials and the states out of more than $1 million in tobacco taxes and related fees.

Trosper also was ordered to pay $93,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say cigarettes were stolen in a series of warehouse burglaries and truck hijackings from 2004 to 2006. Prosecutors say the defendants created false documents to make it appear cigarettes were being sold in Mississippi when they actually were being sold elsewhere.

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