Second Bumble Bee executive in American Samoa agrees to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices
A second senior executive of a US based cannery have been indicted by a federal grand jury and “has agreed to plead guilty” to conspiring to fix the prices of packaged seafood such as canned tuna sold in the United States, the US Justice Department announced yesterday morning and identified the executive by name, but not the employer or the cannery.
The first executive to be charged and agree to plead guilty was Walter Scott Cameron, who was indicted Dec. 7 by the federal grand jury, sitting in San Francisco, which has been conducting a criminal investigation since early this year into packaged seafood products. As previously reported by Samoa News, Cameron is senior vice president of sales for San Diego-based Bumble Bee Food.
Responding to Samoa News questions, Bumble Bee confirmed yesterday that the second executive, Kenneth Worsham, charged by the federal government is the company’s senior vice president of trade.
Bumble Bee general counsel senior vice president Jill Irvin said the company “continues to fully cooperate” with USDOJ in regards to its ongoing investigation into the packaged seafood industry.