Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Pilgrim’s Pride Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing, Sentenced to a $107 Million… SHARE Pilgrim’s Pride Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing, Sentenced to a $107 Million Criminal Fine By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 24, 2021 Facebook Twitter SHARE Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (Pilgrim’s), a major broiler chicken producer based in Greeley, Colorado, has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to pay approximately $107 million in criminal fines for its participation in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.According to the plea agreement entered in the U.S. District Court in Denver, from as early as 2012 and continuing at least into 2017, Pilgrim’s participated in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition for sales of broiler chicken products in the United States that affected at least $361 million in Pilgrim’s sales of broiler chicken products.The District Court accepted Pilgrim’s guilty plea and sentenced the company to pay a criminal fine of $107,923,572.“[Tuesday]’s guilty plea demonstrates our unwavering commitment to prosecuting companies that violate the nation’s antitrust laws, especially when it involves something as central to everyday life as the food we eat,” said Richard Powers, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. “This guilty plea is a direct result of the tireless efforts of our dedicated career prosecutors and staff, and partners at the FBI, Commerce Office of Inspector General (OIG) and USDA OIG.”“[Tuesday]’s plea is another example of the FBI’s ongoing work to eliminate bid rigging and price fixing and hold those conducting these activities accountable for their actions,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. “These criminal acts cheat American workers and consumers while harming competitive markets. This ongoing investigation has yielded charges against 10 individuals for their efforts to illegally manipulate broiler chicken prices, and the FBI is committed to continuing this important work alongside the Department of Justice and our partners.”“This investigation demonstrates the government’s resolve to protect the integrity of free and open market competition,” said Peggy E. Gustafson, Inspector General of the Department of Commerce. “When competitor companies conspire to set prices that benefit themselves, American consumers are cheated. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to pursue such illegal activity and ensure perpetrators are held accountable. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Department of Justice, FBI and USDA OIG on this investigation.”“We appreciate the ongoing commitment and concerted efforts of our law enforcement partners at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the FBI, and the Department of Commerce OIG to investigate a long running scheme affecting competition through the rigging of bids and price fixing of broiler chicken products,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) OIG. “During these uncertain times, USDA OIG will continue to dedicate resources and prioritize work that benefits hard working Americans through competitive prices for agricultural producers and fairness in pricing and quality of agricultural products for consumers.”Pilgrim’s is the first company to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chicken products. Broiler chickens are chickens raised for human consumption and sold to grocers and restaurants. Ten executives and employees at major broiler chicken producers have also previously been charged. The investigation remains ongoing.A violation of the Sherman Act carries a maximum penalty of a $100 million fine for corporations. The maximum fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine.Source: U.S. Department of Justice news release Previous articleHoosier Ag Today Podcast for February 24, 2021Next articleCommodity Classic Launches Podcast on Farm Stress, Mental Health Hoosier Ag Today
A 59-year-old Indiana man is accused of contacting children in Broward County and talking them into exposing themselves on their cellphones or computers.Pierre Alexander Detarnowsky, Jr. was arrested in Brown County, Indiana, on October 1 on four charges, including solicitation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity via computer and lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 to 16 years of age by an offender over 18, court records show.He was extradited back to Broward County and jailed on November 21.Officials added eight more charges at his court hearing on Saturday. They include transmitting material by electronic device that is harmful to minors and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.Detarnowsky’s preliminary bond on the eight additional charges totals $200,000.According to the arrest report, he used online services between September 25, 2018 and April 7 of this year to “seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child… to engage in unlawful sexual activity via a two-way communication device, to wit: a cellphone.”The report also states that on March 27, he contacted a 12- to 16-year old child and asked the minor to fondle themselves.Last April, while in Indiana, Detarnowsky transmitted to a child here in South Florida, “an image, information or data that is harmful to minors,” according to the report.Another court hearing is scheduled for Monday.
GREG McGHEE by Ed Hill Jr.For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Howard freshman quarterback Greg McGhee was named the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, joining six other Bison football players to receive post season awards from the MEAC. A 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound freshman from Perry High School Pittsburgh, Pa., McGhee becomes just the third player in school history to receive the honor, joining former Bison Vontae Long and Willie Carter. McGhee had an outstanding season, starting 11 games and finishing as the team’s second leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns.McGhee had an efficiency rating of 110.5 and passed for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns to finish fourth in the MEAC in passing. He was named Rookie of the Week five times during the season and he is a candidate for the Inaugural Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Division.Junior linebacker Keith Pough, senior defensive lineman Sackie Kerkulah, senior receiver Willie Carter and senior offensive lineman Cory Gwinner were each named to the MEAC all-conference first team, while senior defensive back Lanny Kelly, senior defensive lineman Corey Berry were voted second team; McGhee was also named to the MEAC all-conference second team. The selections were voted on by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.(Edward Hill Jr. is the sports information director for Howard University.)