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Watertown man sentenced for tobacco and sales tax fraud

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
Contact: Jonathan Harms, Communications Director, 605-773-3311


Watertown man sentenced for tobacco and sales tax fraud

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown man pleaded guilty to the sale of unstamped cigarettes and operating without a sales tax license in May of this year.


Roger Brandriet was found guilty of selling unstamped cigarettes which is a Class 2 Misdemeanor; and of not having a sales tax license, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.


Magistrate Court Judge Dawn Elshere from the Third Judicial Circuit, in a restitution hearing in Watertown on July 26, 2016, ordered Brandriet to pay $1,781.47 in tobacco tax, $613.19 in sales tax and repay $60.00 that was used by the authorities to purchase the contraband tobacco from Brandriet during the investigation. Brandriet was also ordered to pay $366 in court costs and placed on probation for one year.


The case was investigated by Watertown Police Department and the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s Investigative Services Bureau. It was audited by the Department of Revenue’s Special Tax Division and prosecuted by Codington County State’s Attorney’s Office.