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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
March 3, 2017
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Greetings! This week's top news includes the update of the main pages on our website, the publication of our 2016 annual report, three new grape varieties approved for use on American wine, and the sentencing of a tobacco importer for tax evasion.
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UPDATED TTB.gov/ HOME PAGE
TTB 2016 ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
TTB presents an annual report to communicate relevant performance and financial information regarding our programs and operations to our customers and stakeholders. This combination of program performance and financial information in a single document lends accountability and transparency to how we use our funding to return value to American taxpayers.
ALEXANDER, FRONTENAC BLANC, AND MOSCHOFILERO GRAPE VARIETIES APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE
We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Alexander, Frontenac Blanc, and Moschofilero grape variety names on American wine labels. Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.
Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov/ for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.
TOBACCO IMPORTER SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON
On Monday, February 27, 2017, Gitano Pierre Bryant, Jr., 56, of Palmetto Bay, Florida, was sentenced to a term of 48 months' imprisonment for fraudulently evading $13 million in Federal tobacco excise taxes on imported large cigars. Bryant, who was on probation for evading Federal tobacco excise tax at the time of the offense, was previously sentenced to 36 months' imprisonment for violating the terms of his probation. The terms of imprisonment will run consecutively.
Bryant was also ordered to pay over $9 million in restitution.
A copy of the press release may be found on the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida website.