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Customs Fraud

What is Customs Fraud?

Customs fraud is a catch-all term for frauds committed by companies trying to evade payments that are owed to the federal government in connection with the importation of goods into the United States. While there are many variations, the two major types of payments that are in play for imported goods are “antidumping” duties [...]

Green Bag Co. Inc., Settles False Claims Act Allegations Involving Customs Avoidance

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of eco-friendly reusable shopping bags has settled claims it unlawfully evaded customs payments by using a complex invoicing scheme designed to intentionally defraud the government out of money. Following a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former executive with Green Bag Co., Inc., investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office [...]

Cell Phone Accessory Maker OtterBox Faces False Claims Act Liability

The False Claims Act covers a wide array of fraudulent activities. In a case against cell phone accessory maker OtterBox, the federal government alleged its parent company, Otter Products, LLC, shortchanged the government’s Internal Revenue Service with regard to taxes due on imports from China. Under the False Claims Act, Otter Products is required [...]