Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski made one final statement to the court Tuesday moments before a US district court in northern California sentenced him to 40 months in prison and a fine of $100,000 (€88,000) fine.
In a roughly five-minute statement, Lischewski said that over his 20 years at Bumble Bee he developed a reputation for honesty and integrity.
“I testified for three days during my trial, and prior to that I took an oath to God to tell the truth,” he told the judge.
“I know several people have questioned the truthfulness of my answers but I was always honest and transparent in the statements I made to the court.”
Lischewski continued to refute in detail many of the charges leveled against him by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) during his statement before the court.
“I do recognize that I have been found guilty of a crime,” Lischewski said, “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.”
Lischewski asked the judge for leniency. “I ask you to consider the life I’ve lived and the service I believe I can continue to provide to society,” he said.
Judge Edward Chen ruled that after release from prison, Lischewski will be on probation for three years.
Lischewski has 60 days from the sentencing to report to a minimum security camp in Lompoc, California. Aug. 17 has been set as his surrender date.