Tennessian Boot Maker Jailed for Selling Chinese Boots With “American” Labels
NASHVILLE, TN – August 21, 2018
Vincent Lee Ferguson, 66, from Knoxville, Tennessee, has been arrested for selling Chinese-made boots with “Made in the USA” labels, the Military Times reports.
He was charged with felony fraud in organizing a ring for selling the boots, produced in China, as American-made and profiting off of it.
The former president and chief executive officer of the leading boot-making company for the U.S. Army will join his Wellco Enterprises, Inc. co-workers, former Senior Vice President of Sales, Matthew Lee Ferguson, 41, and former Director of Marketing and Communications, Kerry Joseph Ferguson, 36, who were sentenced in June to six months in prison, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Two shipments of fraudulent “USA” boots were seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection. On each pair, Ferguson and his team had the manufacturer tear away “Made in China” tags prior to shipment.
The scandal is also thought to be directly connected with general tensions in international relations between the U.S. and China.
The Trade War between the U.S. and China is still escalating: in fact, over the past month, the Trump administration has stepped up its trade war with China, with uncertain results thus far, the scope of the war has increased, from a tight focus on the appropriation of high technology to broader trade concerns.
There also are different problems in mutual relations. China continues to expand its presence in the South China Sea, and the United States has yet to arrive at an effective deterrent strategy.