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Gibson CEO defends company amid federal probe

By TRAVIS LOLLER
The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The head of Tennessee-based Gibson Guitar says he strongly backs conservation as well as federal enforcement of laws meant to protect the tropical hardwoods it uses for instruments.

Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has said the company is facing allegations that it's using wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers - a violation of the Lacey Act.

Juszkiewicz told reporters Saturday after a tea party-sponsored, pro-Gibson rally that he supports the intent of the act. But he called the requirement for Indian workers to finish the wood a "misuse of environmental law."

Federal agents raided Gibson factories in Nashville and Memphis in August, seizing more than 10,000 fingerboards from imported Indian rosewood.

Prosecutors have filed court papers confirming a criminal investigation, but no charges have been filed.

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