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Okmulgee Company Gets $47-Million Fine for Cigarette Sales

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has won a $47 million judgment against an Okmulgee company for selling banned cigarettes.

The Oklahoma County District Court released its judgment Friday against Native Wholesale Supply.

The case was originally filed by Pruitt's predecessor in 2008, alleging that the company was selling an illegal brand of cigarette to Muscogee Creek Nation Wholesale. Cigarettes must be on an approved state list to be sold.

Pruitt spokeswoman Diane Clay says the judgment amount roughly equals the profits the company made from the cigarettes.

Pruitt, who was elected in 2010, has filed cases against the cigarette manufacturer and Muscogee Creek Nation Wholesale. Grand River Enterprises, the manufacturer, lost a $5 million judgment in 2011. Muscogee Creek officials settled out of court in 2009 for $11.5 million.

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