MIAMI (AP) - A former Peruvian airline executive has pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to fix surcharges on air cargo shipments from the United States to South and Central America following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that George Gonzalez pleaded guilty Wednesday in the Southern District of Florida to one count of price fixing. Gonzalez is the former chief commercial officer of Cielos Airlines.
Authorities say Gonzalez and other former airline executives agreed to impose an increase to their fuel surcharges on air cargo shipped from September 2005 until at least November 2005.
Two of the other former executives - Arrow Air's Guillermo Cabeza and South Winds Cargo's Luis Juan Soto - pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
All three men face up to 10 years in prison.
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