July 28, 2021
Clothing companies Stargate Apparel, Inc.
(now known as Excel Apparel Corp.), Rivstar Apparel, Inc.
(now defunct), and former CEO and owner Joseph Bailey
have agreed to pay a total of $6 million
to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that they submitted false claims to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Between 2004 and 2015, Stargate, Rivstar, and Bailey allegedly engaged in two different fraud schemes to avoid paying millions of dollars in customs duties. Both of the schemes involved submitting separate invoices to the CBP, which underreported the true value of goods being imported into the United States. USAO SDNY