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Lischewski facing 10 years in prison, $1 million fine

Wednesday's indictment spells out maximum sentencing implications if Bumble Bee CEO is convicted of alleged price fixing.

Chris Lischewski, president and CEO of Bumble Bee, faces some potentially stiff penalties if he is convicted in connection with a one-count felony indictment filed Wednesday alleging he carried out a conspiracy by agreeing to fix canned tuna prices.

The maximum penalties for the crime include 10 years in prison, a $1 million fine and a period of supervised release of up to three years.

Lischewski is the fourth person to be charged in the federal price-fixing probe.

The indictment, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, charges Lischewski with participating in a conspiracy to fix prices of packaged seafood beginning in or about November 2010 until December 2013.

Bumble Bee has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced to pay a criminal fine of at least $25 million as a result of the government’s ongoing investigation.

Both Bumble Bee senior Vice President Kenneth Worsham and Bumble Bee Senior Vice President Walter Scott Cameron agreed to plead guilt to their roles in the conspiracy and pay a criminal fine as part of a plea deal to secure their cooperation.

Click here to see the full IntraFish coverage of the tuna price-fixing scandal.

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