Running a business is often a difficult and expensive undertaking. It requires knowledge of both the business as well as state and federal laws, especially when the business engages in international transactions. One company based in North Carolina, as well as its current and former president, may be facing the consequences of being unfamiliar with certain federal laws after federal officials accused them of fraud.
The charges stem from imported merchandise. U.S. Customs claims that the company and accused employees falsified documents regarding imported clothing. They did so, authorities claim, in order to reduce the amount paid in import duties.
Company representatives allegedly facilitated the fraud by wiring money to China. Although it is unclear what brought the company to the attention of federal officials, the case is still being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If found guilty, the company could have to pay up to a $1 million fine while the two men accused face up to 25 years in prison in addition to a significant fine.
Cases such as these are often complex, requiring an attorney experienced in handling federal criminal defense in North Carolina. The lawyer can examine the details surrounding a case and safeguard the rights of the accused throughout the criminal process. If unlawful treatment is detected, proper action can be taken in order to ensure that any violations of an accused individual's legal rights are rectified. As a result of the fraud allegations, those accused will likely have to make difficult decisions regarding the best course of action. An attorney can ensure that they are able to make informed decisions.
Source: bizjournals.com, "Triad company, management indicted", April 30, 2015