An Alhambra woman was one of nine San Gabriel residents indicted on federal charges related to smuggling blue jeans from China.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Tuesday that nine San Gabriel Valley residents "face federal charges, including smuggling, money laundering and wire fraud violations, for illegally importing nearly 200 shipments of Chinese-made apparel into the United States to avoid millions of dollars in import duties." Authorities estimate that government losses are more than $2 million.
Rebecca Ho, a 39-year-old Alhambra resident, allegedly brokered the illegal shipments of blue jeans from China. The blue jeans were allegedly smuggled by way of a Foreign Trade Zone in Industry. Several schemes were allegedly employed in order to lower the percentage of duties paid on the jeans.
More from the ICE press release:
All of the defendants were originally charged by criminal complaint and seven of them…made their initial appearances in federal court earlier this month. Those defendants are currently free on bond pending further court proceedings. At this time, [Jianying "Jonathan"] Huang and [Yuling] Wang remain at large and are still being sought.
In addition to the smuggling, money laundering and wire fraud violations, the indictment also charges the defendants with conspiracy; entry of goods by means of false statements; relanding of goods; making false statements; and aiding and abetting. The penalties for those violations range from a maximum term of two years in prison for the counts involving the entry of goods by false statements to up to 20 years in prison for each of the smuggling allegations.