SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
The chief govt officer of Bumble Bee Foods LLC was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco immediately on a cost on conspiring to repair the costs of tuna and different packaged seafood.
Christopher Lischewski was accused of taking part within the conspiracy from November 2010 till December 2013.
Last yr the corporate itself pleaded responsible in federal courtroom in San Francisco to 1 rely of conspiring to repair costs and was sentenced to pay a $25 million tremendous.
Lischewski is the fourth govt of San Diego-based Bumble Bee to be charged within the conspiracy. The different three pleaded responsible to the cost final yr.
Lischewski’s lawyer, John Keker, mentioned in a press release, “Chris Lischewski is a decent and honorable man, who has lived a hardworking and ethical life. He has been a leader and beacon within the seafood industry for more than 25 years. And most significantly on this dark day, he is innocent of any wrongdoing.”
Keker mentioned, “We are disappointed by the Department of Justice’s decision to charge him with criminal conduct. When the facts are known and the truth emerges, Mr. Lischewski will be found not guilty.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who heads the division’s Antitrust Division, mentioned in a press release, “The Antitrust Division is dedicated to prosecuting senior executives who unjustly revenue on the expense of their prospects.
“American consumers deserve free enterprise, not fixed prices, so the department will not tolerate crimes like the one charged in today’s indictment,” Delrahim mentioned.