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Local News in Brief : Bid-Rigging Sentences

October 20, 1987

Officials of two produce firms were sentenced Monday to three years' probation and ordered to perform 250 hours community service for their roles in a bid-rigging scheme that bilked the county out of $400,000.

Jack Berlin, president of Potato Sales Co. in Los Angeles, and Arlin Inman, former part owner and executive of Progressive Produce Co., pleaded no contest to a felony bid-rigging charge last month. The executives were sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Altman, who last month fined the two firms $600,000.

A March, 1984, indictment alleged that the defendants conspired over a three-year period to rig bids for the sale of potatoes and onions to the county.

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