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HOGANSBURG — Two local men admitted to illegally making cigarettes on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, federal officials said Friday.

Robert C. Oliver Sr., 53, of Burke and Jody Swamp, 48, of Hogansburg pled guilty to federal charges of one count each of manufacturing cigarettes without filing the bond and obtaining the required permit and one count each of failure to maintain records concerning the shipment, receipt, sale, and distribution of cigarettes, as stated in the release from U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian’s office.

The two are scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 3 in Utica.

The maximum sentence for the first count is up to 5 years of prison time, up to a $250,000 fine, along with three years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. The second charge comes with up to three years of a statutory maximum prison sentence, a fine of up to $250,000, up to three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

If the court accepts the terms of the plea deals from the defendants, each defendant faces a 24 to 30 month prison term. After release, each would have three years of supervised release, a fine up to $250,000, $5 million in forfeiture with $1 million to be paid by the sentencing date, and a special assessment of $200.

Until sentencing, both defendants have been released on their own recognizance.

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