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Old 04-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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Richmond man fined $11,000 for smuggling jewelry

A Richmond man who pled guilty to possessing unlawfully imported jewelry, was fined more than $11,000 in Richmond provincial court last week.

Da Qing Wang returned to Vancouver International Airport on Sept. 15, 2011 following a flight from Beijing.

He declared that he'd purchased $600 worth of goods, but upon a secondary inspection, border services officers noted: a 18 karat rose gold Montblanc watch, a Cartier 18 karat white gold pendant, and a Cartier 18 karat white gold necklace jewelry.

Wang pled guilty on April 17 in Richmond provincial court to smuggling the jewelry, which was worth $61,188.29.

Wang was fined $11,163.50, and must also pay a penalty of 30 per cent of the value of the goods, which amounts to $18,356.49.

But if he hopes to get back his 18 karat rose gold Montblanc watch, a Cartier 18 karat white gold pendant, and a Cartier 18 karat white gold necklace, he'll have to pay Canada Customs much more.

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18k is most likely spare change to the guy.
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Shouldnt this be more of a duty charge then a fine?
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I don't consider it smuggling unless you're bringing in commercial goods for resale, or in possession of a restricted item.

Taxing an individual for personal posessions brought into the country is theft by the government.
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I believe it would be a duty charge if he declared it but since he lied it becomes a fine.
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Shouldnt this be more of a duty charge then a fine?
It is a duty charge. The fine is for not declaring the items. Total b.s. that we are expected to declare and pay duty on personal possessions.
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should've just declared it all, he would pay way less than $18K in duties
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how did he get busted?
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how did he get busted?
He was probably wearing all the watches.
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The smuggler has good taste in jewellry. That's some bling!
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been seeing more and more bullshit from the government to try to money grab from the citizens to try to slowly increase money flowing in. expect to see more and more petty
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I sold a guy a cellphone plan last week with the same name Wang Da Qing, he resides in Richmond and on his passport it said Beijing as the birthplace. 20ish year old international student.

He had a iPhone 4s but didn't want data for his $22.50 monthly plan
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18k is most likely spare change to the guy.
If only!

18k duty + 11k fine + 61k retail value seized = $90k in the hole
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He probably has double that in cash.
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Surprised they didn't find any cash on him as well.
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I sold a guy a cellphone plan last week with the same name Wang Da Qing, he resides in Richmond and on his passport it said Beijing as the birthplace. 20ish year old international student.

He had a iPhone 4s but didn't want data for his $22.50 monthly plan
i'm sure there's a gazillion guys from beijing with that name
even if it is him, who the fuck cares if he didn't want data for his cheap cell phone plan, um maybe he doesnt need it?
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Sneak preview for next year's Canada border services auction to be held at the River Rick again. Cheap jewelery anyone?
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seriously how do you get caught? If you wear it how do they know?
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seriously how do you get caught? If you wear it how do they know?
Because when he left the country he didn't have the watch when he came back he did. I thing you are supposed to declare any valuable items you are taking when you leave the country. Also he has no proof he bought it here.
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seriously how do you get caught? If you wear it how do they know?
they'll often ask you for receipts if you're wearing an expensive watch. on top of that, high end watches can be traced via the serial number to the time of the purchase and from which store it was bought at.
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seriously how do you get caught? If you wear it how do they know?

they can ask you to empty your pockets, or often they ask you to lift your sleeves up to show if you're wearing a watch.... if so ask if it was bought here with proof if not TAX.

My friends 14 year old Rolex Submariner got taxed 2k just a year ago....
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Wang was fined $11,163.50, and must also pay a penalty of 30 per cent of the value of the goods, which amounts to $18,356.49.

But if he hopes to get back his 18 karat rose gold Montblanc watch, a Cartier 18 karat white gold pendant, and a Cartier 18 karat white gold necklace, he'll have to pay Canada Customs much more.
What? So even after paying the fine and another 30 per cent customs (?), that isn't enough to release the goods?
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What? So even after paying the fine and another 30 per cent customs (?), that isn't enough to release the goods?
Nope. Customs seizes your property when you lie or did not disclose bringing these goods.
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they can ask you to empty your pockets, or often they ask you to lift your sleeves up to show if you're wearing a watch.... if so ask if it was bought here with proof if not TAX.

My friends 14 year old Rolex Submariner got taxed 2k just a year ago....
hmm so you are supposed to carry receipts for proof of purchase of any expensive jewelry when you travel?
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hmm so you are supposed to carry receipts for proof of purchase of any expensive jewelry when you travel?
You're supposed to declare them before you leave the country as well so that it is on record that you already own the item.
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