Former Crowley Liner exec cleared of price-fixing charges in Puerto Rico | jacksonville.com

Thomas Farmer of Jacksonville Beach had been indicted by federal grand jury in 2013 as part of a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging of cargo shipments between the United States mainland and Puerto Rico.

The trial in San Juan lasted a month, said Terrance Reed of Alexandria, Va., who was Farmer’s lead trial attorney. The jury took four hours to acquit him, he said.

“The government had about 15 people in the courtroom,” Reed said. “It put on a vigorous show.”

Farmer had been vice president of price and yield management for Crowley and faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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