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06-29-2012, 06:24 PM


Ex-Honey Import Worker Gets 2 Years For Skirting Duties. Another gets 5 years.

Information provided by True Source Honey

Law360, Chicago (June 22, 2012, 4:16 PM ET) -- An Illinois federal judge sentenced a former honey import worker to two years in prison Friday for participating in a scheme to avoid nearly $1.5 million in anti-dumping duties by falsely declaring the origin of Chinese honey, a charge stemming from a larger probe into an alleged honey smuggling ring.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer issued Shu Bei "Kathy" Yuan's sentence roughly two months after the Chinese national inked a plea deal with the government copping to entry of goods into the U.S. by making false statements on documents. Yuan has been in custody since her arrest in Los Angeles in February 2011, and will be credited for time served.

Yuan is one of a slew of defendants to face charges over Chinese honey duties. Her former boss Hung Ta Fan has already been sentenced for scheming to duck more than $5 million in duties, and in 2010 German international trading company Alfred L. Wolff GmbH, several executives and other entities were indicted on charges they illegally avoided nearly $80 million in anti-dumping duties.