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·         Livestock dealer agrees to $2 million settlement over charges

… Lynch Family Companies Inc., formerly Lynch Livestock, on Thursday announced it had entered a plea agreement shortly after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa filed…

 

·         Livestock station manager used crowbar to alter hog scales, charged

… the latest person to be charged in the investigation into employees at Lynch Livestock…

 

 

Livestock dealer agrees to $2 million settlement over charges

 

Jeff Reinitz, The Courier (IA) 

Jul 28, 2022

 

WAUCOMA — An Iowa livestock dealer has come to a $2 million settlement with federal prosecutors over charges it violated an earlier agreement in an investigation into its weighing and sorting practices, according to company officials.

 

Officials at the Waucoma-based Lynch Family Companies Inc., formerly Lynch Livestock, on Thursday announced it had entered a plea agreement shortly after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa filed one count of failing to comply with an order of the secretary of agriculture.

 

“The company has taken full responsibility for all past sorting and weighing issues and we are pleased to have entered into an agreement to resolve this matter,” Gary Lynch, CEO of Lynch Family Companies, said in a prepared statement. “Our company is built on a strong foundation of integrity and trust, and this action is consistent with those principles.”

 

As part of the agreement, the Lynch Family Companies will plead to the charge and pay $2 million in fines and restitution, according to a company news release.

 

A plea hearing was slated for Friday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

 

The charge, which was filed Thursday, alleges the company violated a 2017 consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle allegations employees falsified scale tickets and other purchasing documents. The charge alleges that from as early as 2018 until March 2021, workers resumed the conduct, in one case using a crowbar or similar tool to manipulate scales at a buying station…

 

… According to the company, a new leadership team for Lynch Livestock was hired including Carl Trieber, chief executive officer; Michael Wright, manager of hog procurement; and Anamarie Judd, manager of livestock compliance…

 

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Livestock station manager used crowbar to alter hog scales, charged

 

Jeff Reinitz, The Courier (IA)

Aug 2, 2022

 

WAUCOMA — A livestock station manager who allegedly used a crowbar to rig hog scales is the latest person to be charged in the investigation into employees at Lynch Livestock.

 

Court records allege Tyler Jeffrey Thoms repeatedly pried on an electric scale to make hogs appear lighter when they were weighed at the livestock dealer’s purchasing station in Waucoma between 2018 and 2021. The move meant Lynch saved money because of the lighter weight at the expense of the hog producer.

 

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa charged Thoms…

 

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