Georgia Motorcycle Importer Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling and Selling Grey Market Motorcycles
August 17, 2006
On August 17, Andrew Wright, the Chief Executive Officer for SuperBike Racing, Inc. of Valdosta, GA, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Valdosta, GA, to pay $20,674 in restitutions to his defrauded former customers and ordered to serve 27 months in Federal prison. Wright was convicted in March on multiple counts of smuggling illegal goods into the U. S., mail fraud, wire fraud, and false statements. Wright, a citizen of the United Kingdom, illegally imported foreign-made motorcycles into the United States that did not comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety standards and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental emission standards. Wright applied labels to the motorcycles indicating they complied with these standards and sold them to unsuspecting customers. Our investigation was conducted jointly with the EPA-OIG and DHS-ICE, with assistance from NHTSA, DHS Customs and Border Patrol, and the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality.