Two Mass. Men Indicted In Illegal Tobacco Scheme

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two Massachusetts men have been indicted in connection to a scheme to take tobacco products from Pennsylvania and illegally distribute them across the Commonwealth.

James Indelicato, 52 of Milton, is alleged to have imported tobacco products from Pennsylvania and sold them to stores and gas stations from a delivery van.

Paul Veneto, 60 of Braintree, is alleged to have helped him deliver and buy money orders for more products, as well as move them between Indelicato's home, a self-storage facility in Randolph, and a Billerica shipping terminal.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office said the pair didn't pay any of the over $360,000 in taxes required from selling the tobacco products they sold from 2016-2018.

The AG's office said Indelicato ran a business called MetroMax Inc. that sold the products to stores in Abington, Boston, Dedham, Holbrook, Quincy, Randolph, and Weymouth.

Authorities believe Indelicato used money orders purchased in small amounts to hide the scheme.

Indelicato faces tax evasion, money laundering, and conspiracy charges, while Veneto is charged with conspiracy to commit tax evasion and money laundering.

The pair will face arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court "at a later date," the AG's office said.

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