The U.S. government has sued a former Papillion importer of tobacco products, saying the now-defunct company owes more than $341,000 in federal assessments.

In a complaint filed Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Homan said Maverick Marketing LLC made only partial payments and owes $341,108.38.

He said Kebuth Incorporated owes $164,593.

The businesses imported cigars, pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco during fiscal years 2011-2014.

The suit, filed on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also names Keith Thomas and Patricia Thomas. Homan said the couple ran and were shareholders in Maverick Marketing and Kebuth.

Under the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004, the government imposed assessments on tobacco manufacturers and importers from 2005 to 2014. The money then went to eligible tobacco farmers.

 

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