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1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Mahmoud Mohamed Alkabbani
C.D.  California  CR 17-311

R-22 is R22Chlorodifluoromethane, sometimes known as HCFC-22, a refrigerant gas and class II ozone-depleting substance. Pursuant to international treaty, the use of R-22 is being phased out around the world. In the United States, pursuant to the Clean Air Act, only parties with unexpended “consumption allowances” are allowed to import the chemical.

Mahmoud Mohamed Alkabbani, the owner of USA Car Parts, entered into an agreement with a Chinese company to purchase R-22, which was packaged in cylinders bearing counterfeit “Glacier” trademarks. The 2013 contract with the Chinese company listed the product as R-134a – which does not deplete the ozone layer – but a second, secret agreement called for the Chinese company to actually sell R-22 to Alkabbani.

June 13, 2018
Alkabbani was sentenced to serve 6 months home confinement, 2 years probation, and pay a $40,000 criminal fine after pleading guilty.
CITATION: 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1), 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(4)
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Title 18 U.S. Criminal Code (TITLE 18)

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