GUILTY PLEA: Manager Bribed USDA Inspector
The manager of an egg farm linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak admits he is guilty of bribing a federal inspector.
Sixty one-year-old Tony Wasmund entered the plea in a Sioux City courtroom Wednesday.
Wasmund admitted he authorized the disbursement of $300 from a Wright County egg production facility knowing the cash would be used to bribe a USDA inspector.
The bribe was intended to influence the inspector to release eggs for sale that didn’t meet USDA standards.
Shortly after, the Wright County facility was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
In 2010, it prompted the recall of 550-million eggs. About 2,000 people were sickened.