Texans guilty of prison meat fraud

It involved 32 prisons in 18 states

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Two executives at West Texas Provisions Inc. have pleaded guilty to selling more than $1 million of adulterated meat, including whole cow hearts labeled as ground beef, to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Company president Jeffery Neal Smith, 49, and operations manager Derrick Martinez, 43, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to defraud the United States and could face prison sentences as long as five years.

They have admitted to selling more than 775,000 pounds of uninspected, misbranded or adulterated meat to 32 prison institutions in 18 states for $1,011,166.72.

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