CHARLESTON, WV (AP/WOWK) — A federal grand jury has indicted four current and former chicken company executives for price-fixing.
The U.S. Department of Justice said the executives from Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Georgia-based Claxton Poultry conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017.
The executives are the first to be charged in a long-running investigation of price-fixing in the chicken industry. The executives could face 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has a processing plant located in Moorefield, WV.