Bush Is Setting The Bloodhounds On BeijingAmy Borrus
The first tip came in October, in the form of a letter from a disgruntled competitor. Two months later, on Dec. 2, a dozen Customs Service agents showed up at E. W. Bliss Co. in Hastings, Mich., with a search warrant. While employees were quickly sent home, Bliss President Robert A. Fuller looked on in amazement. Customs combed his offices for seven hours and found what they were after: evidence that the company had been importing machine presses manufactured in Chinese prison factories. They seized 31 machines valued at $560,000 and seven boxes of documents that Customs says will prove that Bliss officials knowingly purchased their goods from these prisons. Bliss denies any wrongdoing.
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