City worker accused of selling confiscated cigarettes

June 16, 2010 2:52:34 PM PDT
A city employee has been accused of stealing cigarettes that were confiscated by city inspectors and selling them for profit.

Thirty-two-year-old Abd Ayesh is a supervisor with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. He has been charged with theft of government property and official misconduct.

A revenue inspector was reportedly involved in the scheme. That person helped investigators with the case.

Prosecutors say many of the cigarettes had been confiscated because the cartons did not have the required tax stamps.

Ayesh was in court Wednesday. A judge set bond at $25,000.