Springfield man gets prison time for fake organic labeling
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A Springfield man will get just over two year of prison time for falsely labeling corn as organic to increase his profits.
Harold Chase, a Springfield man who sold more than 4.2 million pounds of corn falsely labeled as organically grown, was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in prison by U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken.
By using the unearned organic label, Chase was able to almost double his profits, selling the corn for more than $450,000 to a Minnesota company, Grain Millers Inc. That company then unwittingly sold the falsely labeled corn to its own customers, which included several Oregon companies.
"This defendant intentionally undermined an entire regulatory scheme out of greed," said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall in a statement. "Consumers are entitled to know what they are eating and feeding their families. Violators of these programs will be prosecuted."
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