Iowa Egg Farm Manager to Plead Guilty to Bribery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak will plead guilty to trying to bribe a USDA inspector to allow the sale of unsafe eggs.

Tony Wasmund is charged with conspiring to bribe a public official. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose says Wasmund has agreed to plead guilty Wednesday at federal court in Cedar Rapids.

A charging document says Wasmund authorized an employee to offer a $300 bribe to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to approve eggs for sale that did not meet federal standards.

Wasmund is a former manager under Jack DeCoster whose farms in Wright County were blamed for the outbreak.

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