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New Jersey Man Charged With Theft Of Trade Secrets From Dupont

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man has been charged with stealing computer files containing trade secrets from a DuPont manufacturing facility in Parlin, New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced today. Anchi Hou, 61, East Brunswick, New Jersey, was arrested this morning

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Boston: Trash company owner charged with defrauding the Fall River Landfill operator $473,000

Here we have what seems a tight little case of a single company committing a fraud against a landfill operator by misrepresenting the origin of certain trash, qualifying it to pay a lower rate to be dumped.  That may be all there was to get, but what

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In Customs’ (CBP’s) Shoes

Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Last week, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) that will affect the use of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade resources. The first is a direct call to step up enforcement of trade laws with a special emphasis given to anti-dumping and countervailing duty

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Green Grants and Grantees are now in #GFPFE crosshairs and there is no bag limit

The Economist’s handy graph showing the breakdown of the Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget shows in stark budgetary terms what US government agencies are facing.  I have reviewed the proposed budget and have concluded that it is the strongest indicator yet that the Trump Administration intends to reinvigorate Grant Fraud and Procurement

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People for People, DOJ-OIG and #GFPFE

By Bradford.Geyer@FormerFedsGroup.Com Changes in enforcement priorities dictate when grant irregularities are referred to enforcement agencies.  This case involving People for People (PFP) provides a good example of that principal.  In reviewing the reports and correspondence, it appears that the matter remained bottled up in DOJ OIG-Audit.  Had

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Trade Risks (Part 3): Trade Preference Programs 

by Janet Labuda In recent hearings on Capitol Hill, Peter Navarro of the National Trade Council talked about the need for free, fair, and reciprocal trade agreements. According to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will engage in discussions to modernize the

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#GFPFE: USAID IG Barr and State IG Linick testifying at 10 am on enforcement issues

State IG Linick pioneered #GFPFE efforts for USDOJ when he co-founded the National Procurement Fraud Task Force and was instrumental in getting the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force stood up  before becoming the first IG for FHFA-OIG (nominated by Presidents Bush and Obama).  After building that agency

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Chemical Company and Its Owner Sentenced for Rebate Scheme, False Statements to U.S. Customs

This is not your typical trade compliance case.  Obviously, trade compliance issues are usually easy to address on the front end.  But this worst case scenario event is instructive. In reviewing this case, the sad part is that most of what was accomplished illegally could have been

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Not Your Typical Red Notice Case

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 7, 2017 ZTE Corporation Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay Over $430.4 Million for Violating U.S. Sanctions by Sending U.S.-Origin Items to Iran Combined Penalty of $1.19 Billion with Department of Commerce and Department of

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Compliance: what are the trade risks (Part 2)

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com In 2008, while I was still working for U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) on international trade enforcement, information kept arriving from other governments, as well as from the U.S. import community, alleging that textile products were being undervalued on the entry documents submitted to Customs.

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