Department of Justice Fines Company for Fraudulent Stamps

Department of Justice Fines Company for Fraudulent Stamps
18 Mar 2015

The Department of Justice recently fined American Pallet Recycling, LLC and its owner, Raymond Viola, $100,000 as part of a plea agreement after the facility was found to have certified pallets as compliant with the ISPM-15 regulations with a falsified stamp. Viola will also serve three years probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of falsifying the IPPC mark on wood pallets that had not been treated.

Viola created false stamps and certificates to designate pallets as heat treated per ISPM-15 regulations. It is the largest monetary penalty issued for using fraudulent stamps to certify heat treatment of wood packaging. The full statement from the DOJ is available here.

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Craig Martin