Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Sea Star Line Conspiracy to Fix Prices

Saltchuk Resources subsidiary Sea Star Line LLC (later renamed TOTE Maritime) pleaded guilty and paid a $14.2 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the coastal water freight transportation industry. The government alleged that Sea Star Line engaged in a conspiracy to fix rates and surcharges for water transportation of freight between the continental United States and Puerto Rico from as early as May 2002 until at least April 2008. Frank Peake, the former president of Sea Star Line, was sentenced to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for his role in the conspiracy. Peter Baci, a former senior vice president at Sea Star Line, was sentenced to four years and fined $20,000. Alexander Chisholm, a former assistant vice president at Sea Star Line, was sentenced to seven months and fined $4,000.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Saltchuk Resources $14,249,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release (Peake Sentence) 12/6/2013
DOJ Press Release (Sea Star Plea) 11/17/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database