U.S. Department of Justice Loses another Case on Exporting Luxury Cars to China

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Bruce Zagaris
On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice lost another civil forfeiture case against persons who bought luxury cars from auto dealers in the United States, then shipped them to China to be resold at a profit. A jury in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan deliberated for three hours before they reached a verdict in favor of small Tennessee company Efans Trading Corporation. The jury rejected the charges that Efans was committing fraud in selling Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs and Land Rovers.  As a result, the U.S. government will have to return $3 million in cash that it seized from the bank account of Efans.