NYC Food Distributor Admits To $10M Caviar Import Scam

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 3:19 PM EST) -- A New York City luxury food importer pled guilty Thursday to running a scheme aimed at avoiding import tariffs on $10 million in Russian and Iranian caviar in the mid-1980s, copping to the crime more than two decades after his indictment.

Isidoro Garbarino, an Italian national, was charged with orchestrating the elaborate duty-dodging scheme in 1987, but fled the country while on bail in 1989. The former owner of Aquamar Gourmet Imports — who was also accused of shipping low-quality caviar abroad — was finally arrested...
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