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Archive for Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prosecutor seeks time in tobacco tax case

November 30, 2008

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— Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst requested a delay in a case against a Galena tobacco wholesale business accused of defrauding the state of Oklahoma and American Indian tribes in the area.

Furst also has filed a motion seeking to determine whether there’s a conflict of interest as defendants are sharing attorneys, and lead defendant Gary Hall is paying the legal expenses of many of the other defendants and witnesses.

Hall, 66, of rural Joplin, Mo., is president and owner of Sunflower Supply Co. He and seven other people and three businesses face a 43-count federal indictment alleging counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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