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U.S. Government Joins Constantine Cannon Case Brought By U.K. Whistleblower against British Retailer for Customs Fraud

Posted  09/8/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Constantine Cannon LLP is pleased to announce that the U.S. Government has intervened in its client's whistleblower case against Pure Collection Ltd., a Harrogate, England-based e-retailer of luxury cashmere and apparel. The Government also brought claims against Pure's current acting CEO, Samantha Harrison. The whistleblower lawsuit, among one of the first whistleblower cases...

May 1, 2017

Texas-based importer Import Merchandising Concepts L.P. agreed to pay $275,000 to resolve allegations it improperly evaded customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from China by misclassifying the furniture as non-bedroom furniture, which is not subject to any antidumping duties. DOJ

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Import Merchandising Concepts

Posted  05/5/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Import Merchandising Concepts L.P.  On Monday, the Texas-based importer (and two affiliated individuals) agreed to pay $275,000 to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act by evading customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from China.  The company imports, among other things, bedroom furniture...

January 11, 2017

Volkswagen AG agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell approximately 590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, and lying and obstructing justice to further the scheme. In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, VW also agreed to pay $1.5 billion for a total payout of $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties. DOJ

September 30, 2016

Daniel Scott Goldman and his companies, Ecologic Industries LLC and OMNI SCM LLC, agreed to pay $1,525,000 to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act by making false statements to avoid paying duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.  According to the government, the defendants misclassified or conspired with others to misclassify wooden bedroom furniture on documents presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to avoid paying antidumping duties on Chinese imports of wooden bedroom furniture.  Specifically, Goldman and his companies allegedly classified the furniture as office and other types of furniture not subject to duties while selling the furniture in the student housing market for use in dormitory bedrooms.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Matthew L. Bissanti, Jr. under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Bissanti will receive a whistleblower award of $228,750 from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (WDTX)

DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower-Initiated Customs Fraud Case (and, Likely Unintentionally, Potential Family Feud)

Posted  09/28/16
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) intervention last week in a whistleblower-initiated False Claims Act case is going to make for an awkward holiday season for at least one family. The case, US ex rel. Xing Wei v. Yingshun Garments, Inc. et al, was filed in January 2013 in the Southern District of New York and alleges a scheme to avoid import duties on women’s clothing manufactured in China and sold to retailers in...

July 13, 2016

Clothing importer Motives, Inc. and its affiliated foreign clothing manufacturers Motives Far East and Motives China Ltd. agreed to pay $13.375 million to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a double invoicing scheme to defraud the United States out of millions of dollars in customs duties.  As part of the settlement, the companies admitted to and accepted responsibility for under-reporting the value of its imported merchandise.  Under the scheme, the companies used two sets of invoices: one that undervalued the garments and was presented to the government for calculation of the appropriate customs duty, and the second that reflected the actual value of the garments.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (SDNY)

April 27, 2016

Los Angeles-based upscale furniture seller Z Gallerie LLC agreed to pay $15 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act through a scheme to evade customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from China.  According to the government, Z Gallerie evaded antidumping duties by misclassifying, or conspiring with others to misclassify, the imported furniture as pieces intended for non-bedroom use.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Kelly Wells, an e-commerce retailer of furniture.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $2.4 million from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ

April 18, 2016

California-based sportswear importer Winds Enterprises, Inc. agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by underpaying on import duties on shipments from 2010 to 2014.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a former Winds Enterprises employee, who will receive whistleblower award of $300,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (WDWA)

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