The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against produce broker Tumi Produce International Corp.
Tumi Produce allegedly failed to make payment to seven produce sellers in the amount of $563,831 from October 2016 through May 2017, according to a news release.
The complaint comes after the USDA sanctioned the Bronx, N.Y., company in Februrary for failing to pay a $20,310 reparation award in favor of a Michigan seller, with William Bracho and Catherine Bracho listed as the responsibly connected individuals in the case.
The Brachos and Tumi Produce are also in an ongoing lawsuit filed by a broker in Moscow, Pa., in February 2017, according to court records available online.
Under PACA rules, Tumi Produce can ask for a hearing concerning the $563,831 it allegedly failed to pay, but if the USDA rules that the company repeatedly and flagrantly violated the PACA, Tumi Produce would be barred from the industry for two years, and its prinicpals would be out for a year.