Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lumber Liquidators to Pay More Than $13M for Illegal Imports

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lumber Liquidators to Pay More Than $13M for Illegal Imports

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NEW YORK * Lumber Liquidators will pay more than $13 million for illegally importing hardwood flooring, after the company pleaded guilty to environmental crimes last year.

The Department of Justice said that Lumber Liquidators made hardwood floors in China from illegally cut Mongolian oak trees in Russia. Those trees are needed to protect endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards because their prey eats the acorns from them, the Justice Department said.

Lumber Liquidators, which was sentenced Monday in federal court, will pay $7.8 million in criminal fines, more than $1.2 million in community service payments and nearly $970,000 in criminal forfeiture. It will also pay about $3.2 million through a related civil forfeiture. The company also agreed to a five-year probation period. …

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