Tariff Dodge Nets Catfish Importer 20-Year Ban, Prison

Law360, New York (December 12, 2009, 5:21 PM EST) -- A Virginia seafood importer sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to dodge import tariffs has been barred from importing food into the U.S. for 20 years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its first debarment of a food importer.

Peter Xuong Lam, one-time president of Virginia Star Seafood Corp, now an inmate at a federal prison in California, will not be permitted to import or offer for import food into the U.S. until 2029, the FDA said Friday. Lam was convicted by a...
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