To support domestic plant health in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, APHIS initiated 55 cases and issued 18 pre-litigation settlement agreements, resulting in the collection of $101,926. Following an investigation conducted by IES and the USDA Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a criminal conviction for fraudulent use of International Plant Protection Convention, International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) marks on wood packaging materials, resulting in a $50,000 penalty. APHIS also obtained an administrative order resolving fraudulent use of ISPM marks, with assessment of a $20,000 civil penalty.
|Totals||FY 2014||FY 2015||FY 2016|
|Stipulated Penalties Assessed||$82,850||$107,375||$101,926|
|Referrals to OGC||3 (alleged violators)
|5 (alleged violators)
|8 (alleged violators)
|Civil Penalties Assessed||$24,000||$40,750||$30,625|