A beef producer in Iowa allegedly has fraudulently shipped Halal beef to customers in Malaysia and Indonesia.
William B. Aossey Jr., 73, will go to court on Thursday after being charged with 19 felonies. Aossey is the owner of Midamar Corp., a Halal beef producer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to make false statements, sell misbranded meat and commit mail and wire fraud. He also faces seven counts of making or causing false statements to be made on export applications, seven more counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, Day Flynn reported for Food Safety News.
In Aossey were to be convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum of 246 years in federal prison and have fines of up to $4.75 million.
Halal meat must come from an animal killed in ritual slaughter and it must be processed in compliance with Islamic law, according to Ryan J. Foley from the Associated Press.