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Former Executive of Peruvian Airline Sentenced for Fixing Fuel Surcharge Rates on Air Cargo Shipments

On April 25, 2012, George Gonzalez, former chief commercial officer of Cielos Airlines, a Peruvian air cargo carrier, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Miami Florida.  Mr. Gonzalez received a split sentence of 5 months at a Bureau of Prison facility; 5 months home detention and monitoring; 3 years probation; a $20,000 fine; a $100 assessment; and 100 hours of community service. 

The sentencing follows a November 30, 2011 guilty plea to a one count charge of price fixing.  Mr. Gonzalez and three other former airline executives were charged on October 28, 2010, with conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to impose an increase to their fuel surcharges on air cargo shipped from the United States to locations in South and Central America. 

This is a joint investigation with the FBI and U.S. Postal Service OIG.