#bumble | #tinder | #pof Former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski appeals tuna price-fixing prison sentence

Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Christoper Lischewski has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco over a ruling that will send him to prison next month for criminal price-fixing.

On June 16, a US district court in northern California sentenced ex-Bumble Bee CEO Christoper Lischewski to 40 months in prison. The court also ruled Lischewski must pay a $100,000 (€88,679) fine.

“I do recognize that I have been found guilty of a crime,” Lischewski said during the hearing, “and I must serve the sentence that you passed down to me. But I do believe the evidence we provided showed no financial harm or a finding of any financial impact or price fixing on US consumers.”

The court has sentenced Lischewski to report to a minimum security camp in Lompoc, California. August 17 has been set as his surrender date.

Shortly after the sentencing, Lischewski released a document in which he argues he was found guilty of a crime he did not commit and a crime where there is no victim.

Lischewski argues in the document that the government failed to show any consumer impact from price fixing.

A court of appeals hears challenges to district court decisions from courts located within its circuit, as well as appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies.

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