Three Burin men convicted of smuggling alcohol

Published on February 13, 2013
RCMP

Three residents from Terrenceville on the Burin Peninsula have been convicted of smuggling contraband alcohol from the French island of Miquelon.

Thomas Joseph Kearley, 54, Jeffrey Joseph Fudge, 31, and Trent Randell Kearley, 24, were arrested by the RCMP and Burin Customs and Excise officers on May 6, 2012 and charged with violations of the Customs Act, Excise Act and Revenue Administration Act.

The three men appeared in provincial court in Grand Bank on Monday and were convicted of the following charges:

• Thomas Joseph Kearley — violating Section 88(1) of the Excise Act , received a fine of $12,911.21 and was given 12 months to pay the fine.

 • Jeffery Joseph FUDGE, fined a total of $60,6073.71 and given 12 months to pay the fine. Convicted of violating Section 88(1) of the Excise Act — fined $12,911.21; Section 32(9) of the Revenue Administration Act, — fined $46,762.50; Section 160(a) of the Customs Act, fined $1,000;

 • Trent Randell Kearley, fined  a total of  $61,173.71 and was given 12 months to pay the fine. Convicted of violating Section 88(1) of the Excise Act — fined $12,911.21; Section 32(9) of the Revenue Administration Act — fined $46,762.50; Section 160(a) of the Customs Act — fined $1,000; Section 1007 of the Canadian Shipping Act — fined $500.

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