TYSON TO PAY $6 MILLION IN ESPY CASE

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Arkansas poultry producer Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $6 million to the federal government as part of a plea agreement settling charges it made illegal gifts to former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.Espy goes to trial March 30 on 35 counts of taking gratuities from Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods and other companies he regulated as USDA chief from 1992 to 1994.Tyson

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Arkansas poultry producer Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $6 million to the federal government as part of a plea agreement settling charges it made illegal gifts to former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.

Espy goes to trial March 30 on 35 counts of taking gratuities from Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods and other companies he regulated as USDA chief from 1992 to 1994.

Tyson Foods pleaded guilty Dec. 29 to one count of making $12,000 in illega

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