Criminalization Of Customs Violations Not Abating

Law360, New York (November 9, 2012, 5:24 PM EST) -- On Oct. 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a criminal indictment in a Georgia federal district court, accusing nine individual and corporate defendants of operating a fraudulent scheme to evade more than $20 million in anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese imports. The indictment continues an approximately two-year-old trend in the United States of criminalizing customs violations, which used to be relegated to civil enforcement.

While a variety of violations have been criminalized, several of these cases have focused on importers and consignees that allegedly...
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