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September 30, 2016

Posted  October 24, 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)

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