Nebraska food processing company charged for USDA violation
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska Beef Ltd. was sentenced for false representation of their records and ordered to pay a fine.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said that Nebraska Beef Ltd., an Omaha, food processing company, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on Friday. They were charged for false representation relating to agricultural grading records and given one year of probation. Nebraska Beef was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine on top of the $550,000 fine they paid as part of a civil settlement with the government for its conduct.
According to court documents, Nebraska Beef was served with a U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, Grand Jury Subpoena and was ordered to handover grading records for 30 carcasses of beef on June 3, 2016. In response to the Grand Jury Subpoena, a Nebraska Beef Corporate Officer altered the grading records for the 30 carcasses of beef.
Officials said the Nebraska Beef Corporate Officer provided the altered grading records in printed form to attorneys for Nebraska Beef after June 8, 2016 for delivery to the Grand Jury in response to the June 3, 2016, Grand Jury Subpoena. On June 13, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office was given the altered June 2, 2016, grading records.
Authorities said 61-year-old Dolese Tippery, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, a former employee of Nebraska Beef, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for false representation relating to agricultural grading records on May 6, 2022. Tippery was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
According to court documents, Tippery admitted in her Plea Agreement that on March 20, 2017, in response to a Grand Jury subpoena issued by the United States Attorney’s Office, she testified on behalf of Nebraska Beef that Nebraska Beef’s grading records previously provided to the United States Attorney’s Office were not altered, which was untrue.
Officials said 50-year-old James Timmerman, of Omaha, former Chief Financial Officer of Nebraska Beef, was also sentenced in federal court in Omaha for false representation relating to agricultural grading records on Sept. 9, 2022. Timmerman was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.