Feds Seek 10-Year Term for Central Washington man who Billed Tyson for 200,000 Head of Cattle That Didn't Exist


By Don Jenkins, Capital Press

via Big Country News (WA) - Sep 21, 2022


The Justice Department has recommended ex-cattleman Cody Easterday spend at least 10 years and one month in prison for defrauding Tyson Fresh Meats and another victim out of $244 million.


In a memo filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, federal prosecutors called the theft "staggering." Following standard sentencing guidelines, they recommended a sentence of between 121 months and 151 months, or up to 12 years and seven months.


Easterday is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 4 in Yakima by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian.


Easterday pleaded guilty in March 2021 to one count of wire fraud. Easterday supplied cattle to Tyson's beef plant in Pasco, Wash. Between 2016 and 2020, he billed Tyson for more than 200,000 head of cattle that didn't exist. Tyson's losses totaled $233 million.


Easterday also defrauded Segale Properties of Tukwila, Wash., out of $11 million. In a plea agreement, Easterday pledged to make restitution to the victims...