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Date: 12-06-2018

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United States of America v. Gregory Stanton

Case Number: 2:18-cr-20302-JPM

Judge: Jon P. McCalla

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (Shelby County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Tony Arvin

Defendant's Attorney: Gerald S. Green

Description:




Memphis, TN - Memphis Man Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Consumer Products

A Memphis man pleaded guilty to one-count of tampering with consumer products.

On September 11, 2018, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Gregory Stanton, 49, for tainting consumer products with the intent to cause serious injury to the business of any person.

In 2014, Stanton worked at a food manufacturing plant in Memphis. Stanton made a video recording of himself tampering with the production line at the plant. The defendant then uploaded the video to the internet in 2016.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "American citizens and consumers rely upon food manufacturers engaged in interstate commerce to provide them with safe and consistent products. Unfortunately, this defendant betrayed that trust by tampering with and tainting food products. We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their investigation in this matter, and we are pleased that the defendant has been held accountable for his criminal conduct."

"Maintaining the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply is a critical priority for the FDA, and the agency will work with food producers to identify steps that can be taken to remediate incidents that may implicate food safety," said Robert M. Hiser, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Miami Field Office. "Today’s announcement should serve as a clear reminder that the FDA will not tolerate illicit tampering activity in our nation’s food supply."

On November 30, 2018, Stanton pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla.

Stanton is set to be sentenced on February 28, 2019. He faces up to three years imprisonment; three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations.


Charge:


18:1365B.F: TAINT CONSUMER PRODUCT/CAUSE COMMERCIAL HARM
(1)
21:331K.F & 333: AFFECTING THE LABEL TO CAUSE MISBRANDING
(2)
21:331B.F & 333: ADULTERATION OR MISBRANDING OF ANY FOOD, DRUG
(3)
18:1365B.F: TAINT CONSUMER PRODUCT/CAUSE COMMERCIAL HARM
(4)
21:331K.F & 333: AFFECTING THE LABEL TO CAUSE MISBRANDING
(5)
21:331B.F & 333: ADULTERATION OR MISBRANDING OF ANY FOOD, DRUG
(6)
18:1001.F: STATEMENTS OR ENTRIES GENERALLY
(7-9)

Outcome: NOTICE Response to "Motion to Quash a Subpoena" by United States of America as to Gregory Stanton re 23 Notice (Other) (Arvin, Tony) (Entered: 12/03/2018)


Guilty

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