By EMILY RASMUSSEN | erasmussen@scng.com | Long Beach Press-Telegram

PUBLISHED: July 22, 2020 at 3:45 p.m. | UPDATED: July 22, 2020 at 4:19 p.m.

Centric Parts, a Carson-based auto-parts supplier, agreed to pay $8 million to settle two lawsuits that accused the corporation of falsifying documents to evade paying millions of dollars in customs to the United States, federal officials said Tuesday.

Centric Parts and its affiliates, which sell aftermarket brake and chassis components for passenger vehicles and trucks, imports brake pads into the United States, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

Centric Parts was responsible for submitting entry documents to Customs and Border Protection, including for the payment of customs duties owed on the brake pads. But allegedly it falsified tariff documents to evade paying millions of dollars to the United States.

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