CHICAGO An Oct. 7 trial date has been set for five men and three companies accused of evading duties on aluminum from China, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico. Any plea changes or plea agreements are due by Sept. 27.
Samuel García-Adarme, owner of Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales Inc., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and vice president of Sultana subsidiary Aluwest Industries Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico, has been indicted on smuggling and money laundering charges.
Sultana and Aluwest, along with PRP Trading Corp., PRP Trading president Edrick García-Vázquez, PRP Trading vice president and Sultana chief financial officer Armando García-Vázquez, PRP Trading accountant Carlos Minguela-Ortiz and AGI Trading Corp. owner William Tang Pin Wang have been charged with smuggling, money laundering and wire fraud (amm.com, June 25).
All five men have pleaded not guilty, as have Sultana and Aluwest (amm.com, July 3). PRP Trading failed to appear at a July 8 hearing (amm.com, July 10), and no counsel is listed for the company in court records.
The alleged duty-evasion scheme was used to avoid paying $26.7 million in anti-dumping and countervailing duties that would have been imposed on the Chinese material, prosecutors said.