Howard Mora and Alan Buxbaum, co-owners of Stein Meat Products Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, are scheduled to be sentenced next year after recently entering guilty pleas for a scheme to turn “Choice” beef into “Prime.”
Mora, 68, and Buxbaum, 66, must appear for sentencing at 11 a.m., Jan. 7, 2021, in federal court in Brooklyn before Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto. The judge earlier this week accepted their guilty pleas.
Each entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using counterfeit U.S. Department of Agriculture stamps to sell misbranded lower quality beef at inflated prices to consumers. At sentencing, each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison and criminal forfeiture of $250,000.
Mora and Buxbaum were originally indicted by a grand jury in September 2019. The defendants were both released on $250,000 appearance bonds with some restrictions on their travel. Judge Matsumoto granted most … Read more