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.
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
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.
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.