SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
The CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLC was indicted today in San Francisco by a federal grand jury for conspiring to set prices for tuna and other packaged seafood.
Christopher Lischewski was charged with participating in the conspiracy from November 2010 to December 2013.
Last year, the company pleaded plea bargaining in San Francisco federal court and was fined $ 25 million.
Lischewski is the fourth chairman of the San Diego-based Bumble Bee, who is being charged with conspiracy. The other three pleaded guilty in the last year.
Lischewski's lawyer John Keker said in a statement, "Chris Lischewski is a decent and honorable man who has led a hard and ethical life, a leader and a beacon in the fishing industry for more than 25 years, and most of all He is innocent on this dark day. "
Keker said," We are disappointed with the Ministry of Justice's decision to prosecute him for crimes, and if the facts are known and the truth turns up, Mr. Lischewski is found not guilty.
Deputy US Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the antitrust department of the department, said in a statement, "The antitrust department is committed to prosecuting executives who are unjustly profiting at the expense of their customers."
"American consumers Free businesses earn no fixed prices, so the department will not tole crime No, said Delrahim, as they are charged in today's indictment.