CHICAGO Two men
accused in an alleged duty evasion scheme involving aluminum
imported from China have pleaded not guilty in U.S. District
Court in Puerto Rico, according to court documents.
García-Adarme, owner of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico-based
Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales Inc. and vice president of
Sultana subsidiary Aluwest Industries of Ponce, Puerto Rico,
pleaded not guilty to one count each of conspiracy to smuggle
goods into the United States and money laundering.
García-Vázquez, president of Arecibo, Puerto
Rico-based PRP Trading Corp., pleaded not guilty to charges of
smuggling, money laundering and wire fraud.
Three companies and
five men, including García-Adarme and
García-Vázquez, have been accused by federal
prosecutors of shipping aluminum extrusions from China into the
United States using false invoices indicating that the metal
came from Malaysia to avoid paying $26.7 million in
anti-dumping and countervailing duties that would have been
imposed on the Chinese material (
amm.com, June 25).
Two other men, Carlos
Minguela-Ortiz, an accountant for Sultana and PRP Trading, and
Armando García-Vázquez, vice president of PRP and
chief financial officer of Sultana, also have entered not
guilty pleas, as have Sultana and Aluwest.
Another man, William
Tang Piu Wong, owner of AGI Trading Corp. of Wellington, Fla.,
was arrested June 24 in Florida and is scheduled to appear at a
July 8 hearing in Puerto Rico, as is PRP (
amm.com, July 3).