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Vice chairman of Alturas Rancheria faces big fine in tobacco case






Darren Paul Rose, the vice chairman of the Alturas Rancheria, is facing a big fine for selling tobacco products in California.

The state claims Rose's Burning Arrow I and Burning Arrow II smoke shops illegally sold tobacco to non-Indians. He allegedly sold brands not allowed in the state and failed to collect state taxes.

Rose at one point tried to remove the case to federal court because the smoke shops were located on Indian allotments. But a federal judge sent the case back to the state in 2013 after determining there were no issues of federal jurisdiction, according to documents posted by Turtle Talk.

Judge Bradley L. Boeckman of the Shasta County Superior Court issued a final decision last month, according to the docket sheet. He ordered Rose to pay $765,000 in civil fines to the state, The Siskiyou Daily News reported.

Rose used to be a member of the Karuk Tribe but relinquished his status in order to join the Alturas Rancheria. The tribe has anywhere from three to nine members, depending on who you ask.

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