Thursday, July 26, 2012
Federal conspiracy charges filed against eight people, three corporations for Long Beach import scheme
The San Diego U.S. attorney's office charged eight individuals and three companies on Wednesday with a plot to dodge customs fees on hundreds of millions of dollars of goods imported through the Port of Long Beach. Charges include conspiracy, obstruction of justice and bringing goods into the U.S. with false statements.
Allegedly, on official documents the goods were marked as a trans-shipment to Mexico not to be sold in the U.S., according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. Chinese clothes and Indian cigarettes were among the goods involved in the charge.
Gerardo Chavez, president of the San Diego Brokers Association, was one of those charged.
For more of the Los Angeles Times story: latimesblogs.latimes.com
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