Whistleblowers who have information about customs fraud may bring lawsuits under the False Claims Act.
The Trump Administration imposed an unprecedented slate of tariffs and duties on thousands of products imported into the United States. These tariffs and duties largely targeted products imported from China.
Many companies were hopeful the Biden Administration would repeal these tariffs and duties. However, the Biden Administration generally has kept the tariffs and duties in place. Customs fraud is now on the rise, as some companies are using illegal methods to avoid paying what they owe.
With millions of containers entering the country every day, it is impossible for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to stop every instance of fraud. The government needs the assistance of whistleblowers to deter and punish customs fraud. Whistleblowers often have inside information about their own company’s fraudulent practices, or they might notice that a competitor has been committing fraud.
Whistleblowers who have information that a company is evading tariffs or duties, or committing other types of customs fraud, may bring a lawsuit under the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows whistleblowers to receive a portion of the money recovered by the government in a successful enforcement action.
“Maintaining the integrity of U.S. trade policies is critical to the nation’s economic stability and security,” said Baron & Budd shareholder Andrew Miller. “The federal government, taxpayers, and other U.S. businesses get cheated when dishonest companies scam their way out of paying tariffs and duties.”
Some of the most common fraudulent schemes to evade tariffs or duties include misclassifying imported goods, misrepresenting their country of origin, fraudulently underreporting their value, and transshipping and relabeling products.
If you are aware of customs violations or schemes related to customs fraud, please contact the whistleblower attorneys at Baron & Budd.
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