September 12, 2022
Two cigarette companies, Canada-based Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd.
, and its wholesaler, New York-based Native Wholesale Supply Company, Inc.
, have agreed to pay $50 million
and follow corrective measures to resolve charges of evading New York state taxes. According to the AG, Grand River—which manufactures Couture, Opal, and Seneca cigarettes—knew that its distributor, Native Wholesale, was not licensed to distribute or sell cigarettes in the state, and thus their cigarettes would not be taxed or stamped in accordance with state law, making their prices artificially lower and more accessible to young consumers. NY AG