‘Honey Laundering’ Signals A New Enforcement Era

Law360, New York (February 21, 2013, 11:06 PM EST) -- In the world of white collar crime, Chicago is clearly shedding its “Second City” moniker. On Feb. 20, 2013, the government announced headline-grabbing charges against two heavyweight domestic honey-processing companies and five individuals in connection with the government’s global “honey laundering” sting. The detailed charges allege not only the record-breaking illegal importation of honey from China without paying anti-dumping import duties, but the introduction into commerce of adulterated honey.

The allegations are startling: Not only did the defendants mislabel honey to avoid more than $180 million...
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