Accused company misses court hearing

Jul 10, 2013 | 01:44 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  PRP Trading, Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales, Aluwest Industries, Edrick Garcia-Vazquez, Armando Garcia-Vazquez, Carlos Mingeula-Ortiz, duty evasion, China Puerto Rico

CHICAGO — One of three companies accused in an alleged duty evasion scheme involving aluminum from China missed an arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico.

PRP Trading Corp. is accused of one count each of smuggling, wire fraud and money laundering but failed to appear at a July 8 hearing, according to court documents. The hearing was called but not held because the Arecibo, Puerto Rico-based company "failed to be represented by counsel," the documents said.....

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