Man Sentenced For Cigarette Scheme

It's an elaborate scheme that stretched from the Bluegrass to some of the country's biggest cities.

A man admits he bought millions of cigarettes in Central Kentucky, only to sell them in other places where the cigarette tax is much more expensive.

On Monday, 42-year-old Howard Mui was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the crime. His attorney admits he could have gotten a lot more time.

Mui admitted he bought the cigarettes in Fayette and Madison Counties. In Kentucky, the cigarette tax is 30 cents per pack, one of the lowest taxes in the country.

Investigators say Mui would then take them to his hometown of Chicago, and sell them for less than what Chicago residents can buy them for.

In Chicago, the cigarette tax is $3.66 per pack.

Mui admitted to his attorney he's been doing this since 2005. Police have been watching him in an undercover investigation for 2 years.

In all Mui made more than a $1 million profit. That's about how much he'll have to pay in restitution, as part of his sentencing.

Investigators say Mui sold the cigarettes through a family-run business in Chicago. He also sold them in New York.


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  • by chitownluv Location: chicago on Sep 22, 2008 at 10:52 PM
    this is my idol here, made millions and only doing 30 months, 15 then parole. Charged him for 3 years since 2005? LOL i've been buying it from him since 1996. Howard is going to come out and ball.
  • by mary on Sep 18, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    Well its okay if he made money....but If they raise our cigarettes tax like everyone else in the country then we wont be able to afford it
  • by Whitney Location: Lexington on Sep 18, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    This is crazy! Whoever brought this case to court is an idiot! Talking about a waste of tax payers money.
  • by John Location: KY on Sep 18, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    If it is against the law to resell something at a profit why don't they arrest Walmart or any other store owner?
  • by mommy Location: mt sterling on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    To bad he didn't "just" leave his child in a hot car to die.......he wouldn't have received anything for that!!!
  • by BPMADSX Location: Jenkins,KY on Sep 16, 2008 at 09:42 PM
    I think this is the dumbest thing ive ever seen in my life. The goverment represents ad deadly sin GREED proven here. Cig tax might be .30 cents but gas is $4.69 its not because of any hurricane either. As advanced in technology as we are you would think we could have better things to be doing than running around arresting people for reselling cigs What is this world coming too. THE END PERHAPS is sooner than we think, read the bible people everything thats happening today is right there unfolding before our very eyes but people still with it right in front of there face cannot see it. Well maybe they just refuse to see it and replace it with their own image. GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
  • by A Location: L on Sep 16, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    @ b Location: ky If you cant figure out that taxes and money is the only reason drugs that arent legal arent. Then put together that cigarettes are legal only due to taxes. Then add up that your government isnt looking out for you at all. They only want your money. If you cant figure that out I guess next youll be shocked when they make it illegal to own a home like in cuba. Taxes and money are why this country isnt free anymore.
  • by Sara Location: Lexington on Sep 16, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    What is the difference between Mui's actions, and the type of price gouging we witness with gas or food at special events?
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    Normally I'm on the side of the law but here's the thing...A TWO YEAR INVESTIGATION???? How much did that two year investigation cost the tax payers? Why did it take two years to gather enough information? If he made over $1M in profit, don't you think you could have arrested him a bit earlier? I guess when they figured he hit the million dollar mark, the charges would look much better and he would get more time in prison and of course, some investigator got a feather in his cap. My tax dollars working overtime for no reason. You should have arrested him sooner!
  • by b Location: ky on Sep 16, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    can somebody explain what the comment that A Location L is trying make?makes no sense.
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