USDA restricts nine PACA violators, holds surety bond

06/23/2014 09:22:00 AM
Daniel Vanderhorst

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has restricted nine produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Marco Produce Inc., Miami, for failure to pay a $69,292 award in favor of a Georgia seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Marco Carmenatis was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Deleon Produce Sales Inc., Fort Myers, Fla., for failure to pay a $17,136 award in favor of a Florida seller. Mary Deleon and Arnold Deleon were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • H&H Wholesale Produce Inc., Orlando, Fla., for failure to pay a $57,397 award in favor of a Florida seller. Hassan Hamdan was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Robert Marinaro, doing business as Sunny Fresh Citrus, Vero Beach, Fla., for failure to pay a $29,404 award in favor of a Florida seller. Robert Marinaro was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
  • Boardman Vegetable Co., Youngstown, Ohio, for failure to pay a $10,005 award in favor of an Idaho seller. John Campolito was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Pioneer Produce LLC, Stillwater, Okla., for failure to pay a $13,544 award in favor of an Oklahoma seller. Larry Stafford Jr. and Larry Stafford Sr. were listed as members of the business.
  • Cross Country International LLC, McAllen, Texas, for failure to pay a $7,279 award in favor of a California seller. Jaime De La Paz and Gustavo Felix Ramirez were listed as members of the business.
  • Pina Rica USA LLC, McAllen, Texas, for failure to pay a $43,956 award in favor of a Georgia seller. Fernando Arellano Nunez and Karina Bautista Cadena were listed as members of the business.
  • Pal-Do World Inc., Lakewood, Wash., for failure to pay a $28,957 award in favor of a California seller. Young Park and Byung Park were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.

 

Surety bond posted

Professional Produce, Vernon, Calif., has posted a $75,000 surety bond to employ a PACA violator.

The bond was posted with the USDA to employ Jeffrey Duncan, previously named in a PACA action. Duncan was the president and a stockholder of Perfectly Fresh Consolidation Inc., Norwalk, Calif., which was found to have committed repeated and flagrant PACA violations.



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