Three former Horizon Lines officials and one former Sea Star Line manager were sentenced Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla., to prison terms ranging from seven to 34 months for their roles in a price-fixing case in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.
A fifth former carrier executive, Peter Baci, formerly senior vice president of yield management at Sea Star, was sentenced in January to four years in prison for antitrust conspiracy -- the longest jail sentence ever imposed for a single antitrust charge.
U.S. District Justice Timothy Corrigan on Tuesday sentenced:
-- Gabriel Serra, former Horizon senior vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico, to 34 months, a $20,000 fine and two years' supervised release.
-- R. Kevin Gill, former Horizon vice president of marketing for Puerto Rico, to 29 months, a $20,000 fine and two years' supervised release.
-- Gregory Glova, former Horizon marketing and pricing manager for Puerto Rico, to 20 months, a $20,000 fine and two years' supervised release.
-- Alexander Chisholm, former assistant vice president, yield management, at Sea Star, to seven months, a $4,000 fine and two years' supervised release.
Serra, Gill and Glova pleaded guilty to antitrust conspiracy. Chisholm pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by attempting to destroy evidence.
All are cooperating with the Justice Department in what prosecutors have described as a continuing investigation into alleged collusion among carriers in Jones Act trades between the U.S. mainland and offshore states and territories. The Justice Department said the antitrust conspiracy lasted from 2002 until last April, when the investigation became public with federal raids on the offices of Jones Act carriers.
Serra's attorney said in court filings that his client had cooperated in multiple interviews with federal agents and had reviewed thousands of documents with them and even alerted them to documents that Justice Department investigators had not known about.
Prosecutors said in their pre-sentencing memorandum that Serra "was one of the leaders and organizers of the charged conspiracy and, in fact, was one of the principal architects of the illegal agreement underlying the charged conspiracy. ... Given his senior position at his company and integral role in dealing with other senior executives involved in the conspiracy, the information provided by (Serra) has been useful in building cases against co-conspirators who remain to be charged for their roles in the charged conspiracy and other offenses."
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