Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Fraudsters Who Deserve Prison Time, Too

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

A million-dollar adulterated meat discovery was made at a supplier to prisons.

Food fraud, adulterated meat
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Uninspected and adulterated beef with a value of more than $1 million was sold to prison institutions in 18 states across the United States, a crime that carries a potential five-year prison sentence. The meat processor illegally used whole cow hearts and went a long ways to hide illegal ingredients from USDA inspectors.


  1. Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer, Office of the Inspector General USAO – Texas, Northern (September 24, 2019). “Meat Packing Plant Execs Plead Guilty to Selling $1 Million in Adulterated Ground Beef to Federal Bureau of Prisons”.

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