Former Virginia tobacco executive faces tax charges

WLNI-SROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ The former president of a South Boston tobacco company is charged with contraband cigarette trafficking and evading taxes. A 47-count federal grand jury indictment against 46-year-old Kathryn Crabtree Farley was unsealed Monday. She is accused of evading or refusing to pay more than $13 million in federal cigarette excise taxes. According to the indictment, Farley was promoted from vice president to president of Cherokee Tobacco and Firebird Manufacturing in 2012. Firebird makes Cherokee brand cigarettes. Cherokee Tobacco is a wholesaler. Records in U.S. District Court in Roanoke do not list an attorney for Farley. A call to her home telephone went unanswered Tuesday.

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