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Two Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Conspiracy to Distribute Over $6.6 Million In Contraband Cigarettes

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Nikolay Zakharyan, age 24, of Owings Mills, Maryland, and Zarakh Yelizarov, age 53, of Pikesville, Maryland, today to a year and a day in prison, and 18 months in prison, respectively, each followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to receive, possess, sell and distribute over $6.6 million in contraband cigarettes, that is, cigarettes on which the applicable state taxes have not been paid. Judge Quarles entered an order requiring Yelizarov to pay restitution of $2.5 million to New York City and the state of New York and to forfeit $56,000, proceeds of the offense. Judge Quarles also entered an order requiring Nikolay Zakharyan to pay restitution of $9,659,880.


Action Details

  • Date:January 5, 2016
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions