US Criminalization Of Import Violations Continues

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT) -- On July 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint in a California federal district court, accusing eight individuals and three business entities of operating a fraudulent scheme to evade customs duties on imported goods produced in a foreign country.

Since 2010, there has been an increasing effort to criminalize customs violations, which has focused to date on importers and consignees allegedly circumventing anti-dumping duty orders or food safety laws.[1] However, unlike other recent criminal actions, this new criminal complaint demonstrates a broadening...
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