Florida Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Misbranding a Hazardous Material
On October 26, 2018, Jianguo Zhong, owner of Zhong Supply LLC, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, to illegally introducing a misbranded hazardous material into interstate commerce. Zhong was charged by information on August 15, 2018.
Zhong admitted to offering bottles of Coppertone aerosol spray, a hazardous material, to a third-party freight forwarder for shipment to China. The investigation revealed that Zhong violated shipping regulations by repackaging the material in unmarked containers, re-labeling the shipment as lotion and lip balm, and re-wrapping the containers with black shrink wrap to disguise the actual contents.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations and FAA.