Payback time for dodgy tobacco seller

Package full of illicit tobacco

A 58-year-old Bo’ness woman has been ordered to do 75 hours of unpaid work after she was caught selling illicit tobacco from her home.

Linda Robb received the dodgy goods through the post.

HMRC launched an investigation after a damaged parcel (pictured) containing 7.5kg of tobacco and addressed to her was intercepted. This included 2.5kg of Robin Hood tobacco, a brand not sold in the UK.

A subsequent May 2018 search of her home uncovered more tobacco and cigarettes which had unpaid duty totalling £3,709.76.

Tests revealed much of the tobacco to be counterfeit.

An HMRC spokesman said: “Robb sold illegal cigarettes and tobacco to line her own pockets, while undercutting honest, hard-working retailers who do the right thing.

“Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.5bn a year.”

Robb was handed the community payback order at Falkirk Sheriff Court and has three months to complete the work.