China bars O.C. businessman from returning home, citing contract dispute
A businessman from Orange County said Chinese government officials have prohibited him from leaving China for the last four days, saying he must resolve a contract dispute with a Chinese supplier before they’ll let him return to the United States.
Horowitz said he called a judge at the direction of Chinese immigration officials and was told he would need to settle the case, filed by an exporting company in the city of Fuzhou, before he would be allowed to fly home.
The supplier, Fuzhou Trading Co., is seeking payment for a shipment of blenders that Horowitz’s company, On the Edge Marketing Inc., sold briefly in the United States, Horowitz said. The Chinese company’s owner demanded $250,000 to settle the contract dispute before he’d direct the judge to let him leave, Horowitz said. Officials with Fuzhou Trading could not be reached for comment.
Horowitz said he has been staying in hotels while his wife, Tammy, has scrambled at home to drain retirement accounts, liquidate their daughter’s college fund and borrow from friends and relatives. She is preparing to wire the money to China, Horowitz said.