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You Say Tomato: The Feds Say Bribery, Misleading Labels, Inferior Quality

Good to see the feds cracking down on this type of activity. Frankly, it’s appalling that people would pass on inferior products and mislabel them.Fresh tomatoe

Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — A former official of a major California tomato processor has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges involving bribes paid to food companies, the first charges against a senior executive of the firm at the center of a federal corruption investigation, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jeffrey Beasley, former vice president for industrial sales at SK Foods in Monterey, will admit that he took part in plans to pay the bribes and ship tomato products with misleading content labels, inferior quality and inflated prices, the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento said.

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Feds Inquiring About Gov. Richardson’s Ex-Chief of Staff

This has the makings of a full-fledged scandal with plenty political repercussions.

By Martin Z. Braun and William Selway
Bloomberg

Federal prosecutors are asking if New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff told a state agency to hire a bond adviser that donated $100,000 to Richardson’s political committees, people familiar with the matter said.
A witness who testified before a federal grand jury in Albuquerque last month said he was asked if David Contarino, the former chief of staff, ordered New Mexico Finance Authority officials to hire Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc. Another person familiar with the investigation said Contarino, 47, is a subject of the inquiry and that prosecutors are looking at whether he solicited contributions from firms that worked on finance authority bond deals.
Contarino “is a very effective political professional,” said Edward Romero, a former U.S. ambassador to Spain and the national finance chairman for Richardson’s 2008 presidential campaign. “He’s a hard worker.” Romero said he would be surprised if Contarino did anything improper.
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New Sequel To Weekend At Bernie’s: Fed Judge Orders Bernie Madoff Confined to his $7 Million Penthouse

There are worse things than being confined to a $7 million penthouse in New York. Then again, these days there are better people to be than Bernie Madoff.

BY THOMAS ZAMBITO and CORKY SIEMASZKO
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — The most hated con man in New York will be trapped in a gilded cage until he goes to trial.
Fallen financier Bernard Madoff Friday was ordered confined to his $7 million upper East Side penthouse 24 hours a day by a Manhattan federal judge.
Madoff was already wearing an electronic ankle bracelet and required to be home from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz agreed to tighten Madoff’s bail conditions after federal prosecutors – worried about death threats and determined that he stand trial for engineering a $50 billion Ponzi scheme – cited the need to prevent “harm or flight.”
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A 2007 Chat With Bernie Madoff

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Feds Correct Errors and Indict Barry Bonds for Third Time

In this case, the feds have decided, if you can’t get it right the first or second time, try try again.

By Lance Williams
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 4)– Federal prosecutors in San Francisco indicted Barry Bonds for a third time today, once again rewriting the charges facing the former Giants star to correct technical errors.
Under the new indictment, Bonds is charged with 10 counts of lying under oath and one count of obstruction of justice, all in connection with his testimony in 2003 before the grand jury that investigated the BALCO steroids scandal.
The government contends that Bonds, 44, lied when he said he had never knowingly used banned drugs obtained from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative in Burlingame or from his trainer, Greg Anderson.
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