HOUSTON—A federal judge has delayed a fraud trial against the former president of tire importer/distributor Winland International Inc. and seven other individuals until Feb. 13, 2023.
The case dates from December 2020, when a federal grand jury in Houston indicted Miranda Zhou, the seven individuals and Winland International (d.b.a. Super Tire) for being involved in an importing scheme designed to dodge millions of dollars in anti-dumping duties.
The case, being heard in the Federal Court, Southern District of Texas, was scheduled to go to trial Sept. 19. Instead, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett granted the defense a delay until Feb. 13, stating the court "finds that … failure to grant a continuance would result in the miscarriage of justice, and that a continuance is necessary to allow reasonable time for trial preparation."