ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

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Video: Hunter Sadlon will have a special fan at Winthrop Coliseum for Thursday's Senior Night

Winthrop senior guard Hunter Sadlon and Robert Hunt have formed a special friendship since high school. Hunt will be at Winthrop Coliseum Thursday night wearing a No. 33 Hunter Sadlon jersey to support his guy.
Bret McCormick, bmccormick@heraldonline.com
Video: Hunter Sadlon will have a special fan at Winthrop Coliseum for Thursday's Senior Night 1:24

Video: Hunter Sadlon will have a special fan at Winthrop Coliseum for Thursday's Senior Night

Video: Northwestern Trojans' Dom Wren discusses this weekend's Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase 0:59

Video: Northwestern Trojans' Dom Wren discusses this weekend's Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase

Video: Lewisville survives Williston-Elko, referees to advance to 1A Upper State boys' basketball championship 0:57

Video: Lewisville survives Williston-Elko, referees to advance to 1A Upper State boys' basketball championship

Video: website names Winthrop's Pat Kelsey among sexiest mid-major college basketball coaches 1:04

Video: website names Winthrop's Pat Kelsey among sexiest mid-major college basketball coaches