Thursday, April 26, 2012

State Police, Tax Division investigate fraud

Members of the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit and the Rhode Island Division of Taxation conducted a three-week investigation this month into the illegal sale of fraudulent and forged stamped cigarettes, according to Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, superintendent of the State Police and director of the Department of Public Safety.

The investigation led to the arrests that were made on Tuesday, according to new details of the case posted by the State Police. The joint effort by the Tax Division and the Rhode Island State Police is another example of the emphasis that Governor Lincoln Chafee has placed on rooting out corruption and fraud, O'Donnell indicated.