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Trial to begin for local businessman accused in halal meat export scheme
The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the Midamar Corp. founder accused of orchestrating a halal beef export scheme in which products bound for Malaysia and Indonesia were mislabeled and documents falsified to deceive USDA inspectors.
William Aossey, 73, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with one count of conspiracy to make false statements, sell misbranded meat and commit mail and wire fraud; seven counts of making or causing false statements to be made on export applications; seven counts of wire fraud; three counts of money laundering; and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Jury selection is expected to be completed this morning, with testimony expected to start at 1 p.m. in U.S. District Court. The trial is expected to last a week.
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