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December 24, 1996
The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected appeals and took final action to bar the California fruit and nut cooperative Sun-Diamond Growers from federal food contracts for three years. Sun-Diamond's disqualification follows the cooperative's conviction in September of making illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The announcement affects only the parent cooperative, not its five affiliates. On Dec. 13, the USDA proposed debarring the affiliates. Their appeals are pending.
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October 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Sun-Diamond Growers saw nothing wrong with its lobbyist squiring former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy to dinners, paying for limousine rides or giving him gifts such as a Waterford crystal bowl, former company president Larry Busboom testified at Espy's corruption trial. "I didn't find that unusual" and did not know such perks could be illegal under rules about gifts to public employees, Busboom testified.
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BUSINESS
October 5, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Sun-Diamond Growers, the big California fruit concern, was barred Friday from participating in all federal food purchase programs for the next three years because of its recent criminal convictions for giving illegal gifts to a former Clinton administration Cabinet member. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the ruling, which applies to all government agencies Sun-Diamond deals with.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1998 | Bloomberg News
An appeals court set aside the $1.5-million criminal fine levied on Sun-Diamond Growers of California for giving gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The court upheld four related convictions. Sun-Diamond's 1996 fine arose from the probe by independent counsel Donald C. Smaltz into gifts that large agribusinesses gave Espy when he was President Clinton's secretary of Agriculture.
NEWS
September 25, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sun-Diamond Growers, the giant California agricultural cooperative, was convicted Tuesday of giving expensive gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and of making illegal campaign contributions to his brother. A federal court jury found Sun-Diamond guilty of giving more than $5,900 in meals, transportation, luggage and other gifts to Espy in 1993 and 1994 and disguising political contributions to his brother as corporate expenses.
NEWS
June 14, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Sun-Diamond Growers, a major California agricultural firm, for allegedly giving illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and making illegal corporate campaign donations to Espy's brother for his congressional race. The nine-count indictment returned by the Washington-based grand jury was the first in a 2-year-old investigation by independent counsel Donald C. Smaltz to accuse Espy of receiving gratuities from anyone.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1986
David R. Newstadt, 56, has been named president and chief executive of Sun-Diamond Growers of California, the Stockton-based produce cooperative. The appointment is effective May 1. Newstadt replaces William F. Allewelt Jr., who had been serving as interim president since December.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1985
An estimated $17 million in overpayments to members of Sun-Diamond Growers of California may involve fraud, the cooperative's vice chairman said. "There appears to be some misrepresentation of figures, and we suspect it could be fraud," William Hosie said. The controller and shelling superintendent at Diamond Walnut Growers in Stockton have been placed on paid suspension.
NEWS
October 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Sun-Diamond Growers saw nothing wrong with its lobbyist squiring former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy to dinners, paying for limousine rides or giving him gifts such as a Waterford crystal bowl, former company president Larry Busboom testified at Espy's corruption trial. "I didn't find that unusual" and did not know such perks could be illegal under rules about gifts to public employees, Busboom testified.
NEWS
December 16, 1997 | From The Washington Post
A federal judge threw out four charges Monday in the corruption case against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina also held off ruling on the bulk of the remaining charges in the 39-count indictment until an appellate court rules next year in a related criminal case against Sun-Diamond Growers of California.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Richard Douglas, former senior vice president of Sun-Diamond Growers of California, was found guilty by a federal jury in San Francisco of giving $7,600 in illegal gratuities to former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The verdict is the latest in a series of legal defeats for Sun-Diamond, the nation's largest fruit and nut cooperative, in independent counsel Donald Smaltz's probe of Espy. In May, Sun-Diamond was fined $1.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1996
The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected appeals and took final action to bar the California fruit and nut cooperative Sun-Diamond Growers from federal food contracts for three years. Sun-Diamond's disqualification follows the cooperative's conviction in September of making illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The announcement affects only the parent cooperative, not its five affiliates. On Dec. 13, the USDA proposed debarring the affiliates. Their appeals are pending.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the nation's largest growers of raisins, prunes and other dried fruits and nuts should be banned from selling to the government because their cooperative made illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The proposed ban would bar cooperatives affiliated with Sun-Diamond Growers of California from selling to the military, federal prisons, school lunch and feeding programs for up to three years.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Sun-Diamond Growers, the big California fruit concern, was barred Friday from participating in all federal food purchase programs for the next three years because of its recent criminal convictions for giving illegal gifts to a former Clinton administration Cabinet member. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the ruling, which applies to all government agencies Sun-Diamond deals with.
NEWS
September 25, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sun-Diamond Growers, the giant California agricultural cooperative, was convicted Tuesday of giving expensive gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and of making illegal campaign contributions to his brother. A federal court jury found Sun-Diamond guilty of giving more than $5,900 in meals, transportation, luggage and other gifts to Espy in 1993 and 1994 and disguising political contributions to his brother as corporate expenses.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dole Food Co. Ends Talks to Sell Dried-Fruit Unit: The Westlake Village-based company, which had planned to sell the business to Sun-Diamond Growers for about $100 million, attributed the decision to the impending growing season and the prospect of a long antitrust review of the proposed deal. Dole said grower commitments in the dried-fruit industry for the coming harvest are established in early summer and would make the sale more complicated.
NEWS
June 15, 1996 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sun-Diamond Growers, indicted this week for allegedly making illegal gifts and contributions to political figures, is a major force in California elections and has backed Gov. Pete Wilson's campaigns for more than a decade. The giant agricultural cooperative and its officers have contributed more than $200,000 to Wilson's state and federal political campaigns since 1989, records show. Moreover, the firm was instrumental in helping him win a U.S.
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June 14, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Sun-Diamond Growers, a major California agricultural firm, for allegedly giving illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and making illegal corporate campaign donations to Espy's brother for his congressional race. The nine-count indictment returned by the Washington-based grand jury was the first in a 2-year-old investigation by independent counsel Donald C. Smaltz to accuse Espy of receiving gratuities from anyone.
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