The Many Faces of Food Fraud (Part III)
Apparently fraud is a two-way street.
The Better Seafood Board focuses on eliminating fraud in the seafood industry actions that unscrupulous suppliers take to cheat the customer. Like identifying one type of fish for another, lesser value, fish. Or including the weight of the ice glaze as part of the net weight of the frozen seafood product. Or passing off imported product as product from the US.
But consumers commit fraud against food companies as well. Yesterday the Justice Department announced that Mary Evano of Massachusetts pled guilty to submitting false insurance claims for ingesting glass found in food. Ms. Evano faces up to 143 years in prison for these crimes which took place over an eight year period. Her husband, Ronald Evano, has already been sentenced for the same crimes.