New York Reaches Agreement With Pennsylvania-Based Notations To Settle Civil Fraud Claims

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Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Tuesday an agreement between New York and Notations, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based garment wholesaler, had been reached. The agreement settles allegations that the wholesaler was aware and failed to take action against its business partner, Yingshun Garments, Inc., which engaged in a scheme to underpay customs duties on products sold to Notations.

Judge And JuryNotations accepted responsibility and agreed to pay $1 million in damages and implement measures to prevent future fraud, according to court documents.

“As this settlement makes evident, companies purchasing imported goods cannot turn a blind eye to fraud committed by their business partners, Kim said in a statement.  We will be vigilant in holding accountable all parties who engage in or contribute to fraudulent conduct.”

“As global supply chains grow more complex, it is important for American businesses to know their suppliers and be confident of their integrity, Leon Hayward, BPB Acting Director said in a statement.  The outcome of this case is a testament to the dedication of our partners in the United States Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and the men and women of CBP in enforcing our nation’s trade laws and holding accountable those perpetrating this type of fraud.”

Yingshun Garments, Import Global Designs Inc., Olgrem LLC and Marie Rogers allegedly engaged in a “double-invoice scheme,” in which Yingshun presented fraudulent invoces to New York U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which showed prices for garments discounted by 75 percent for the sole purpose of avoiding customs duties on those products.

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