Cargolux Airlines International Executives Plead Guilty to Fixing Surcharge Rates on Air Cargo Shipments
On December 8, 2011, Ulrich Ogiermann, the former president and CEO, and current employee of Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines, and Robert Van de Weg, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cargolux, pled guilty to conspiring with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and coordinating certain surcharges, including security and fuel surcharges, charged to customers located in the United States and elsewhere for air cargo shipments, including shipments to and from the United States. According to the indictment, filed in October 2010, Ogiermann participated in the conspiracy from at least as early as October 2001 until at least February 2006, and Van de Weg participated in the conspiracy from at least as early as December 2003 until at least February 2006. As part of their plea agreements, each has agreed to serve 13 months in prison and to pay a $20,000 criminal fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2012.
This investigation was worked jointly with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General.