Feds Hit Shoe Supplier With $15M Duty Fraud Suit

Law360, New York (September 21, 2009, 4:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has slapped a California footwear supplier with a lawsuit seeking a penalty of $11.5 million and $3.3 million in unpaid duties for allegedly misclassifying shoes imported from China.

The U.S. launched a complaint Friday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, accusing USA Aisiqi Shoes Inc. of misreporting duties on 176 entries of imported shoes between 2003 and 2005 that allegedly cost the government millions of dollars in lost revenue.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection claimed that Aisiqi, President Peilian Li and Chief...
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