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150-plus Peter Pan restitution claims possible in ConAgra case

Since a Salmonella Tennessee outbreak was traced to Peter Pan and certain Great Value peanut butters almost 10 years ago, the government has been looking for victims. That search has delayed the plea hearing and sentencing of ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, which produced the contaminated peanut butter in Sylvester, GA, back in 2006-07. This past July 22,… Continue Reading

Halal Beef Scheme Could Have Millions of Potential Victims in Asia

Ahead of the yet-to-be scheduled sentencing of the defendants, the government wants to be relieved of the burden of notifying individual victims of a scheme that altered and falsified the true USDA establishment numbers on beef products exported from the United States. Government attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa to allow… Continue Reading

All Five PCA Defendants to Hear Outbreak Victims’ Testimony

All five defendants charged in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal indictments will be together next week in federal court in Albany, GA, to hear victim testimony. According to newly filed court documents, attorneys for Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the two PCA managers who voluntarily pleaded guilty to some of the charges after… Continue Reading

PCA Prosecutors Say Outbreak Victims are Crime Victims Under the Law

The victims of a foodborne outbreak are crime victims and their written statements and oral testimony should be heard at next week’s sentencing of Stewart and Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson, according to U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Mary M. Engelhart from the Consumer Protection Branch. She is one of three government prosecutors in the… Continue Reading

Government Attorneys Call Wilkerson’s Claims ‘Vague and Baseless’

Government attorneys did not pull any punches when it came to hitting back at Mary Wilkerson and her court-appointed attorney on their latest defense motion to have her guilty verdict in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case dismissed. They responded on deadline with the gloves off to keep her jury conviction for obstruction of… Continue Reading