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Midamar founder Aossey found guilty of conspiracy, false statement, wire fraud charges
Convicted Monday of most charges in a halal beef exporting scheme, Midamar Corp. founder William Aossey Jr. was put in jail while a federal judge considers what to do with the 73-year-old until his sentencing.
Aossey was convicted by a jury on 15 of 19 federal charges involving the sale of misbranded "halal" beef products and falsifying export documents and certificates.
The founder of the Cedar Rapids company, at 1105 60th Ave. S.W., was accused in October 2014 of falsely representing that the beef he was exporting to Malaysia and Indonesia met strict slaughtering standards.
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