The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, announce that OtterBox, a Colorado corporation headquartered in Fort Collins, has paid $4,300,000 to the United States to resolve allegations that OtterBox violated the False Claims Act and the Tariff Act of 1930, by knowingly underpaying customs duties owed to the United States.
OtterBox sells protective cases for smartphones and tablets. Between 2006 and 2011, OtterBox manufactured many of its products overseas, and then imported those products into the United States for distribution and retail sale. OtterBox was responsible for the submission of entry documents to Customs and for the payment of any customs duties owed on those imported products. The case was filed by a whistleblower.