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.
Samuel 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.
Edrick 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).