U.S. V. Himes

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In  Himes, (D. Conn.), ten defendants were prosecuted and convicted of tax fraud violations for their involvement in a complex, multi-million dollar scheme to import and sell chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) under false pretenses.  The purpose of the scheme was to obstruct or defeat liability for the payment of excise and income taxes from 1995-1998.  Barry Himes, the lead defendant in the conspiracy, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison and pay $1.8 million dollars in restitution and a fine of $12,500.  Himes previously forfeited a $3 million dollar mansion, a BMW sedan, and a three-carat diamond ring.  Co-conspirator John Mucha was sentenced to serve 48 months of incarceration, pay $1.2 million in restitution, and forfeit his BMW sedan.  Accountant Richard Pelletier was sentenced to serve 33 months in jail and to pay $1.2 million in restitution.  Several other defendants were sentenced to terms of up to 15 months imprisonment.



In the News


January 8, 2003
Kingpin in Ozone-depleting CFCs import conspiracy sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison
Conspirator Forfeited Million-Dollar Mansion, Luxury Car & Diamond Ring; Ordered To Pay Additional $1.8 Million In Restitution
July 30, 2001
5 charged in multi-million dollar scheme to illegally import Ozone-depleting substances into the U.S.
A federal grand jury in New Haven, Conn. has returned an indictment charging five men for allegedly engaging in a scheme to trade in chemicals that deplete the Earth's ozone layer and that are strictly regulated in the United States.


Updated May 6, 2015

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