By  on May 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities said they have reached a settlement with two New York-based women's apparel importers that have agreed to pay $10 million in fines for bilking the U.S. out of millions of dollars in customs duties.

The two companies, Dana Kay Inc. and Siouni & Zar Corp., violated the False Claims Act, engaging in a "fraudulent scheme" over the past decade to avoid paying duties to Customs on apparel imports from 2003 through 2012, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which filed a complaint against the companies in court.

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