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Former Martinair executive pleads guilty in U.S. to price fixing, gets 14 months

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 24, 2020
Maria Christina Ullings, the former senior vice president of cargo sales and marketing for Martinair and a Dutch national, pleaded guilty for her role in a long running air cargo price fixing conspiracy, the Department of Justice announced.
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Ullings’ extradition is the second extradition on an antitrust charge. A fugitive for almost 10 years, Ullings was apprehended by Italian authorities in July 2019 while visiting Sicily.

Topics: Martinair U.S. price fixing

Ullings initially contested extradition in the Italian courts, but after the Court of Appeals of Palermo ruled that she be extradited, she waived her

ppeal. She arrived in Atlanta on Jan. 10, 2020, and made her initial appearance on Jan. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Ullings was sentenced to 14 months in prison with credit for the time she was held in the custody of the Italian government pending her extradition.

She has also been sentenced to pay a $20,000 criminal fine.

Ullings pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and coordinating certain surcharges, including fuel surcharges, charged to customers located in the United States and elsewhere for air cargo shipments.

These air cargo shipments included heavy equipment, perishable commodities, and consumer goods destined for American consumers and shipped by American producers. Ullings participated in the conspiracy from at least as early as January 2001 until at least February 2006.

Including Ullings, a total of 22 airlines and 21 executives have been charged in the Justice Department’s investigation into price fixing in the air transportation industry.

To date, more than $1.8 billion in criminal fines have been imposed and eight executives have been sentenced to serve prison time.


 

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