US Indicts 3 Japanese Auto Parts Execs for Pricefixing

US Indicts 3 Japanese Auto Parts Execs for Price-fixing

WASHINGTON -- For conspiring to fix the prices of rubber parts used in U.S.-made automobiles, the U.S indicted one current and two former executive of Japanese parts firm Bridgestone (IW 1000/125) Tuesday.

A federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, issued the indictment accusing Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Yasuo Ryuto and Isao Yoshida of plotting with other companies to set prices and stifle competition in sales of anti-vibration rubber parts sold to Japanese automakers in the United States between 2001 and 2008.

Tanaka currently works for Bridgestone while Yoshida and Ryuto are former executives of the company.

Each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

In February Bridgestone agreed to plead guilty and pay a $425 million fine in the case.

Bridgestone is one of 26 companies which have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the Justice Department's broad, multi-year investigation into price fixing in the auto parts sector. In addition, 32 people have been charged in the case.

The companies have agreed to pay $2.3 billion in fines.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2014

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