We live in a global economy, with goods shipped around the world. The shipment of goods into and out of the U.S. are subject to various customs laws, and the violation of customs laws may give rise to a False Claims Act case, which imposes significant fines and penalties on the violator.
Like all False Claims Act cases, a whistleblower who comes forward to report customs fraud may be entitled to a share of the government’s financial recovery. The whistleblower attorneys at Goldberg Kohn represent whistleblowers in a wide variety of False Claims Act cases, including those involving customs fraud, procurement fraud, and defense contractor fraud.
Customs fraud often includes misrepresentations about the quantity or nature of goods imported into the United States, so that the importer pays less in customs duties. Other types of customs fraud include: false declarations to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to avoid paying anti-dumping and customs duties, fraudulent invoicing, or under-representing the weight of shipments.
The federal government has been pursuing allegations of customs fraud under the False Claims Act with increasing vigilance.
“The nation’s customs laws are designed to protect domestic manufacturers from unfair competition abroad,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will pursue those who seek an unfair advantage in U.S. markets by evading the duties owed on goods imported into this country.”
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