Five indicted on aluminum duty evasion charges

Jun 25, 2013 | 05:36 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Department of Justice, duty evasion, aluminum extrusions, Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales, Aluwest, PRP Trading, AGI Trading, Aluminum Extruders Council Rand Baldwin

CHICAGO — Five men and three companies have been accused of shipping aluminum extrusions from China into the United States using false invoices indicating that the metal came from Malaysia, according to federal prosecutors in Puerto Rico.

The alleged scheme was used in an effort to avoid paying $26.7 million in antidumping and countervailing duties that would have been imposed on the Chinese material, prosecutors said.

Samuel García-Adarme, owner of Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales Inc., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and vice president of Aluwest Industries Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico, has been indicted on smuggling and money laundering charges, according to documents filed in federal District Court in Puerto Rico. Edrick García-Vázquez, president of PRP Trading Corp.; Armando García-Vázquez, vice president of PRP Trading and chief financial officer of Sultana; Carlos Minguela-Ortiz, accountant for Sultana and....

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