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Federal Government Suing Smokin' Joe

5:54 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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Smokin' Joe Anderson

BUFFALO, N.Y -- A well-known Western New York businessman is being sued by the U.S. government.

This is a civil lawsuit the federal government filed against Joseph Anderson, the owner of Smokin' Joes.

It states the tobacco manufacturer known for cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco is not in compliance with a Tobacco Reform Act. It was put in place 9 years ago.

"Under this, the manufacturers pay into this assessment that goes eventually back to the tobacco growers," Dennis Vacco said. "The assessment is based upon how much tobacco the manufacturer is using."

Former Federal Prosecutor and Legal analyst Dennis Vacco points out the documentation states 'Smokin Joes' only made partial payments of assessments owed. The feds are trying to collect almost 2.4 million dollars from him.

I'm sure Anderson and his lawyers will contend that the calculations are wrong and that he doesn't owe money," Vacco said. "My guess is they're going to say he doesn't owe anything, but at the end of the day as complicated as this is -- It's a collections case."

We tried to contact and find Anderson. He was out of his office in Lewiston, New York.

We do know Anderson has had run ins with the law before when he was fined $50,00 dollars for his role in a public corruption case involving former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello.

This time the feds are fuming about how this business owner does business, wanting money they claim he owes.

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