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Gerardo Chavez was sentenced today (July 1) to 37 months in prison for violating customs rules. He has to forfeit real estate in Tecate where he has his office, and must attend a future restitution hearing at which he could be ordered to pay millions of dollars to state and federal taxing authorities. Chavez was president of the San Diego Customs Brokers Association, a trade group of professionals in the import-export business. Court documents show that Chavez purchased large quantities of foreign goods and falsified paperwork to make it appear the goods would be transshipped to other countries. But the goods -- including adulterated Mexican food and Salmonella-infected produce -- were sold in U.S. markets. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Chavez taught others in the business how to deceive federal officers.

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FatCatSegat July 1, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

If he'd been convicted in superior court, only half of his time would've been served. With the federal government, if guidelines haven't changed then he will only receive 52 days good time for every year he serves. Good job guys. I hope the people he "taught" don't use the info he gave them. Unless they miss him and want to keep him company.

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Don Bauder July 2, 2013 @ 8:38 a.m.

FatCatSegat: Unfortunately, this kind of cheating in the export-import business is all too common. All those who use such techniques to dodge trade duties should go to the slammer. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 July 1, 2013 @ 8:20 p.m.

It is actually 54 days, or 15%, in the federal system, but I don't think they have parole at the end.

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Don Bauder July 2, 2013 @ 8:39 a.m.

SurfPup: How much difference is there between 52 days and 54 days? Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK July 2, 2013 @ 7:37 a.m.

"president of the San Diego Customs Brokers Association,"

makes one wonder what kind of crooks are in the association if he was their president .

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Don Bauder July 2, 2013 @ 8:40 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Amen to that. What about that association? Best, Don Bauder

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