Illegally Imported Protected Black Coral



United States v. GEM Manufacturing LLC, (Dist. P.R.):  GEM Manufacturing LLC frequently illegally imported illegal rare protected coral for use in its high-end jewelry and sculpture.  GEM pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act and was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $1.8 million, pay $500,000 in community service payments, and forfeit in excess of $2.17 million in products.  Its owner, who cooperated in the investigation, was sentenced to a month in prison, 300 hours of community service, and fines and payments in excess of $1.1 million.  The foreign national importers, Ivan Chu and Gloria Chu, were apprehended while in the United States, pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to 30 months’ and 20 months’ incarceration respectively, and to pay $25,000 in combined fines.
Updated May 10, 2016

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