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October 23, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a gentle and jocund week! This week's top stories include an invitation to volunteer to help TTB make improvements to Formulas Online, two TTB criminal investigations that resulted in guilty pleas, the availability of our new listing of all U.S. wineries by state, and a list of the past week's top firearms and ammunition pages at TTB.gov/.

HELP US IMPROVE FORMULAS ONLINE – WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!

Thanks to those of you who have expressed interest in participating in our Formulas Online usability study.  We are still looking for possible study candidates, especially (but not limited to) people who have submitted fewer than 20 formulas.  We need your input in order to make Formulas Online better for everyone!  Here are the details: 

  • Who: People who have submitted or soon plan to submit a malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirit formula for approval using Formulas Online.   
  • What: Doing some tasks using the online form and answering some questions.
  • Where: At your own computer, sharing your screen and speaking on the phone with a researcher during a one-on-one, 1-hour research session.
  • When:  Sessions will take place mid-November
  • Confidentiality: Data we collect will not be shared outside TTB, and will be kept confidential. 

Interested in volunteering?  Please email us at ttbusability@ttb.gov/ and tell us:

  • The best phone number to contact you during the day
  • How many formulas you have ever submitted via Formulas Online (ballpark)
  • Your commodity(ies) (malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits)
  • The source(s) of your products (domestically produced or imported)

We will call those expressing interest and ask you some additional questions to determine study eligibility.  We are looking for a limited number of people, so please email us soon.

TTB CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN GUILTY PLEA BY AMMUNITION MANUFACTURER

TTB Press Release FY–16–01

Portland, OR — On October 13, 2015, Robert Eric Heller pled guilty in United States District Court to failing to file tax returns and pay $287,500 in federal excise tax on ammunition that he manufactured and sold as sole owner and operator of Heller Enterprises and as sole owner and corporate officer of Heller Enterprises Tactical, Inc.

Sentencing has been set for January 20, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ryan W. Bounds.

TTB CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN GUILTY PLEA FOR ILLEGAL WHOLESALER

TTB Press Release FY-16-02

Baltimore, MD — On October 21, 2015, Tushar Patel pled guilty in United States District Court to conducting a wholesale liquor business without a permit in violation of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.

Sentencing has been set for January 29, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The matter is being prosecuted by Richard Kay, an Assistant United States Attorney for Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland.

TTB PUBLISHES LIST OF NUMBER OF BONDED WINE PRODUCERS BY STATE

As part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we are required to make available to the public records that are requested and released on a frequent basis.  In response to a significant increase in requests for the number of bonded wine producers in the United States and Puerto Rico, we recently added a list of Bonded Wine Producers by State to our Frequently Requested Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Documents Web page. The list will be updated quarterly. TTB will begin publishing a similar list of breweries in the near future.

 

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