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Press Release - FY 23-2

June 9, 2023
For Immediate Release
Office of Congressional and Public Affairs

Father and Son Sentenced to Prison for Evading Federal Excise Taxes on Dominican Cigars


MIAMI – On Thursday, June 1, 2023, Remberto Antormachy Estrella Jimenez, 38, and Remberto Andres Estrella Gomez, 64, both of Santiago, Dominican Republic, were sentenced to prison for their participation in a fraudulent scheme to avoid the payment of millions of dollars in excise taxes on imported tobacco products.

Estrella Jimenez and Estrella Gomez each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Estrella Jimenez was sentenced on June 1 to a term of imprisonment of eight months. His father, Estrella Gomez, was previously sentenced to a 14-month prison term. In addition to a term of imprisonment, both Estrella Jimenez and Estrella Gomez were ordered to serve an additional term of supervised release and jointly paid more than $1.98 million in restitution.

Akrum Alrahib, a California tobacco distributor and Estrella Jimenez’s co-conspirator, was charged in a separate case (19-cr-20165). He pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years in prison, and was ordered to pay $7,207,970.66 in restitution.

A copy of the press release is available here on the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida website.

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