Dutch Airline Executive Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail for Fixing Prices on Air Cargo Shipments and Fined $20,000
On September 17, 2009, Franciscus Johannes de Jong, aka Frank de Jong, the former vice president of cargo sales in Europe for Martinair Holland N.V., was sentenced in United States District Court Washington, D.C. to eight months in prison for his involvement in a price fixing scheme of air cargo shipments in violation of the Sherman Act. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. According to Mr. de Jong’s plea agreement filed in April 2009, he and his co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to fix the cargo rates charged to customers for international air shipments to and from the United States. From April 2002 and continuing until February 14, 2006, Mr. de Jong and his co-conspirators carried out the price fixing conspiracy by participating in meetings, conversations and communications to discuss the cargo rates to be charged on certain routes to and from the United States. This Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General investigation is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and is being conducted jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.