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Iowa egg plant employee pleads guilty to bribery

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SIOUX CITY (KWWL) -

Officials with the United States Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids say that an employee at an Iowa egg facility pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Sioux City to bribing a USDA inspector.

Pete Deegan, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office, says that 61-year-old Tony Wasmund of Wilmar, Minnesota was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States for participating in a conspiracy to bribe an inspector at an egg production facility in Wright County.

Deegan says that Wasmund admitted to authorizing the payment of $300 to bribe the inspector in April 2010.  Court officials say the money was intended to influence the inspector to release eggs that had failed to meet USDA standards.

Wasmund faces up to five years in prison, a fine equal to the greater of twice the gross gain resulting from the offense, twice the gross loss resulting from the offense, or $250,000, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release if he is convicted.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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