Extrusions duty-evasion allegations denied

Jan 28, 2014 | 03:56 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Tai Shan Golden Gain Aluminum Products, Robert Wingfield, C.R. Laurence Co., Waterfall Group, Southeastern Aluminum Products, Basco Manufacturing, aluminum extrusions, anti-dumping duties duty evasion

CHICAGO — A Chinese aluminum extrusions producer and U.S. shower-enclosure companies are fighting federal accusations that they falsified documents to avoid anti-dumping duties.

Tai Shan Golden Gain Aluminum Products sales representative Robert Wingfield denied that he organized a duty-evasion scheme, according to documents filed Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court in Florida, and the U.S. government is therefore entitled to no recoveries from him. He requested a jury trial and reimbursement of costs related to the case.

Wingfield, a Texas resident, agreed in the court filings that Tai Shan sold millions of dollars of extrusions to the three shower-enclosure companies facing duty-evasion charges, but denied that he set up shell companies or otherwise acted to evade duties. He said he offered to set up a joint venture in Malaysia that would have represented a legitimate way to avoid duties, but the plan was never executed. ....

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