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BRADDOCK Robert Indictment

BRADDOCK Robert Indictment

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INDICTMENTThe Grand Jury charges:GENERAL ALLEGATIONSAt all timesrelevant tothis Indictment:TheConnecticutGeneralAssembl)'1.TheConnecticut GeneralAssembly("CGA")wasapoliticalsub-divisionwithintheState of Connecticut,constitutingthe legislativebranch ofConnecticut'sstategovemment.The CGA was composedof two chambers:he House of RepresentativesndtheSenate.The CGA's 2012IegislativesessioncommencedonFebruary8,2012 and endedon May9,2012.Roll YourOwn SmokeShops2, Roll Yow Own("RYO")smoke shops wereretail businessesperating ntheState of Connecticut and elsewhere,whichsold loosesmoking tobaccoandcigarette-rollingmaterials. These items weresubject toConnecticut'ssales tax. RYOsmokeshops alsoofferedcustomers he option ofpayinga "rental" feeto insertthe loose tobaccoand the
 
rolling materialsintoaRYO machine, which was capableof rapidly rolling largequantitiesof cigarettes.Customersdid notpaya taxonthe RYOcigaretteswhen rolledby the RYOmachines,n contrast o cigarettespurchasedover-the-counter.The RYO Litigation3.In August20II,the State of Connecticutapplied for anorderpermanentlyenjoining theRYO smoke shops rom operating RYOmachines,which theStatearguedweretobacco manufacturingdevices under Connecticut aw(the"RYOLitigation"). Accordingtothe State ofConnecticut,the RYOsmokeshop owners were not complyingwith health andsafetyregulationsand a specific taxregimegoverningowners and operatorsof tobaccomanufacturing devices.4. OnFebruary 24,2012,the ConnecticutSuperior Court issued aMemorandumof Decisionin the RYO Litigation. TheCourt ruled that,subject o certain restrictions,RYOmachineswere not tobacco manufacturingdevices, andthat RYO smokeshop owners couldcontinue tooperateRYO machineswithoutbeing subjecto thehealthandsafetyregulationsand taxregimegoverningtobacco manufacturingdevices.TheRYO Legislation5.On April 3,2012,theCGA's Joint Committeeon Finance,Revenue andBonding(the"FinanceCommittee") voted in favor ofa"JointFavorableSubstitute" revisionto SenateBill 357, an Act ConcerningVariousStatutes Related tothe DepartmentofRevenue Services(the"RYOLegislation").If enacted, he RYOLegislation wouldhaveeffectively overturnedthe ConnecticutSuperior Court'sruling in theRYO Litigationbydeeming RYO smoke shop owners tobe tobacco manufacturersunderConnecticut law, a
 
designationhatwould have subjectedRYOsmoke shop ownerstoa substantialicensing feeandtax increase.6.OnMay 9,2AI2, the CGA's 2012 legislative session ended. The RYOLegislationwas not calledfor a vote by either chamberof the CGA.Relevant ndividuals7.PublicOfficialNumber 1 was a memberofthe CGA andacandidate forelectionto theUnited StatesHouse of Representatives.8.ROBERT BRADDOCK, JR.was a residentof Meriden, Connecticut and theFinanceDirector forPublic OfficialNumber l's campaign or electionto the United StatesHouse of Representativesthe"Campaign Committee").9.UnindictedCo-Conspirator 1("CC-l")was an associate of various RYOsmoke shopowners.10.RYO Ownert had a business nterest in the RYO smoke shop industry inConnecticutrom August2010 hrough March 2012.11.RYO Owner2, an unindictedco-conspirator, was a co-owner of a RYOsmoke shopwith twolocations n Waterbury, Connecticut.12.RYO Owner3, an unindicted co-conspirator, wasa co-owner of a RYOsmoke shopwith twolocations n Waterbury, Connecticut.13. CampaignAide 1, an unindicted co-conspirator, wasan employee of theCampaignCommittee.14. CampaignAide 2 wasan employeeof the CampaignCommittee.

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