Florida, March 19, 2010
Another high-profile case in connection with the illegal receipt, purchase, and sale of R-22 that had been smuggled into the U.S.
This HCFC enforcement case came with a five-year probation, $500,000 in criminal fines, community service via $400,000 required payment to Southern Environmental Enforcement Training Fund, and the defendant was ordered to forfeit to the U.S. over $190,000, which represents proceeds received as a result of the crime.
The defendant, Mar-Cone Applicance Parts Co., purchased HCFC-22 from various importers who did not hold the required consumption allowances. Mar-Cone pled guilty to receiving, buying, selling, and facilitating transportation, concealment, and sale of R-22 which had been illegally smuggled into the U.S. This HCFC enforcement case demonstrates the serious domestic and global commiment to protecting against illegal imports.
A copy of this press release may be found on the web site of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.
Related court documents and information may be found on the web site of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.