Florida Federal District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams issued a significant sentenced to Hung Lam, President of LM Import-Export Inc.
to 22 months incarceration in federal prison, three years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine for pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic and smuggle in banned children’s products that contained lead and small parts. Mr. Lam’s actions were deemed to have violated federal laws enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Mr. Lam was also convicted of one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods.
From about April 2000 through May 2011, defendant Lam and his related corporations LM Import-Export Inc., Lam’s Investment Corp., and LK Toys Corporation, conspired to sell and distribute in commerce banned children’s products imported from China. These actions were in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. These products allegedly presented the risk of choking, aspiration, and ingestion, and some contained lead above the federal limits.
The dangers of catastrophic injury that these products can cause are severe, and manufacturers who ignore laws in place to help ensure the safety of our children must be held accountable. Efforts by our courts and government in this regard are to be applauded.