reply to post by muzzleflash
Interesting, so this actually could be about fraud and illegal trafficking.
At this point I'm certain that was part of it. The evidence indicates that Gibson knew exactly what it was doing both during the 2009 raid and the
2011 raid. The Rosewood/Ebony wood raw material is hard to get, and I suspect that Gibson wasn't interested in paying super-exorbitant prices for
Gibson has been having some financial problems and it's credit rating was recently downgraded. I suspect that it's a little cheaper to get
"laundered" illegal timber.
Another interesting aspect to their financial problems is that fact that they ticked off the "financial community" with their actions with respect
to some loans:
They owe back taxes: Gibson's back taxes problem
another reason for Uncle Sam to harass them.
Gibson has been quite litigious of late. They have sued a number of game controller vendors over a rather questionable patent. And they sued any
retailers who were selling those video game controllers, including Walmart. Not making any friends there... Of course turnabout is fair-play:
Employee class action suit
I think the Gibson CEO, Henry E. Juszkiewicz, is a megalomaniacal-narcissistic-genius. In 25 years he's grown Gibson from a 5 million dollar
investment to a global corporate empire doing 500 million in business per year. No doubt he's made more than a few enemies. Not the least of whom
are his employees.
Here are a series of very interesting comments about working at Gibson: 97
comments about working for Gibson
Although I've wasted far too much time on this project, it's been interesting reading about HJ. When I look at his carefully constructed personal
persona, including some on-line interviews, I am reminded of the Steve Job's Reality
. I want to believe what he says even though I know is it totally BS!
Unfortunately it appears that the engine that has driven the extraordinary growth of the Gibson empire is now its biggest problem. One way or another
I suspect that Mr. Henry E. Juszkiewicz will be forced to relinquish control of Gibson.
Finally, here is some additional information about the Search Warrant that was served on Gibson on Wednesday:
More information on the warrant
So, I believe that Henry E. Juszkiewicz/Gibson knew exactly what they were doing in smuggling a prohibited product into the US. While it has been
spun such that everyone believes that this simply boils down to Indians versus Americans finishing some wooden planks, it's considerably more
complicated. An international NGO has been investigating this and presumably working with the US government: EIA
. And from every indication Henry E. Juszkiewicz/Gibson and/or their surrogates have been working with some seedy underworld types to
acquire these very raw materials.
The government is within its right to investigate Gibson based on the Lacey Act, specifically with respect to the 2008 amendment. And since it
appears that there is more here than is readily apparent right now, this may be one of those rare times when the Justice Department is actually doing
the right thing.