Honey executive sentenced to 30 months in prison

By Associated Press
Posted Nov. 5, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.

A honey import executive who pleaded guilty to conspiring to avoid more than $5 million in U.S. anti-dumping duties has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Hung Ta Fan, who also used the name Michael Fan, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago and was ordered to pay about $5.38 million in restitution. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement alleged Fan imported Chinese honey and then falsely identified it as coming from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and India.

Fan, the owner of several California-based import firms, admitted that between 2005 and 2006 he conspired to illegally import 98 shipments of Chinese honey to avoid paying duties. He also admitted to conspiring to import honey diluted with artificial sugar.

After serving his sentence, Fan will be targeted with deportation.

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