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Puerto Rico firm pleads not guilty in duty evasion case

Keywords: Tags  PRP Trading, Ana Garcia Adarme, duty evasion, Samuel Garcia-Adarme, Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales, Aluwest Industries, aluminum extrusions, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Puerto Rico’s PRP Trading Corp. has pleaded not guilty to accusations that it attempted to evade U.S. duties on aluminum extrusions made in China, according to court documents.

The not guilty plea was made by Ana M. García-Adarme after the company was arraigned on charges of smuggling, money laundering and wire fraud, documents filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico show.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether García-Adarme had a position at PRP Trading or might be related to Samuel García-Adarme, who faces similar charges as the owner of Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales Inc. and vice president of Aluwest Industries Inc., both of which are accused of being involved in the scheme (, July 5).

Jorge E. Vega Pacheco Law Office, the Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico-based law firm that represents PRP Trading, didn’t respond to requests for comment March 21.

Harry Anduze Montano Law Office, which represents Samuel García-Adarme, referred questions to Melendez Torres Law PSC attorney Sonia I. Torres-Pabon, who represents Sultana Screens & Aluminum Sales. She couldn’t be reached for comment March 21. Both of the law firms are based in San Juan.

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