In total, the Post reports (without specifying a time frame), 23 people have been arrested for running cigarettes, cheating the state out of more than $2 million in taxes. Little of this money has been recovered by authorities.
Some Post commenters see him as a kind of victim of an unfair tax system. "[J]ust a regular guy making money from BLOOMY'S stupidity," writes one. "[T]his is the result of 'BLOOM-HITLER'S' sad attempt to control the people of NYC," adds another. (Hitler? Really?)