To support agriculture quarantine inspection activities in fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS initiated 1,190 cases and issued 362 pre-litigation settlement agreements, resulting in the collection of $356,259 in stipulated penalties. APHIS negotiated an administrative consent decision with a $17,500 civil penalty for Plant Protection Act violations after a customs broker attempted to hide prohibited and unmanifested agriculture products without the proper permits on three separate occasions. APHIS also issued multiple pre-litigation settlements involving the alleged improper safeguarding of regulated garbage, including settlements with civil penalties of $96,000 and $28,000; and alleged agriculture hold violations with civil penalties of $10,000, $11,250, and $12,500.
|Totals||FY 2016||FY 2017||FY 2018
(through 3rd quarter)
|Stipulated Penalties Assessed||$426,026||$356,259||$330,868|
|Referrals to OGC||0||0||0|
|Civil Penalties Assessed||$2,200||$30,000||$0|