Company Set to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Over Halal Exports

September 9, 2015 02:27 PM
 
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A company that markets food products to observant Muslims is expected to plead guilty to its role in exporting misbranded meat products.

Midamar Corp. is scheduled to enter the plea Wednesday to conspiracy to make false statements on export certificates, sell misbranded meat, and commit wire fraud. Midamar is expected to forfeit $600,000 under a plea agreement.

If accepted, a conditional guilty plea would allow Midamar to ask an appeals court to dismiss the charges based on arguments that they were regulatory, not criminal, violations. A judge rejected that claim.

Midamar says it's "taken full responsibility for wrongful conduct" that occurred between 2007 and 2012.

Company founder Bill Aossey was earlier convicted as part of the scheme to export beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' standards.

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