A.J. Rudasill

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A.J. Rudasill - Meat Scandals Probe Spreads New Evidence Shows...
Meat Scandals Probe Spreads New Evidence Shows 'Vast Organization' SPRINGFIELD, III., Jan. 10 (M -The Investigation of Illegal horsemeat horsemeat sales In Illinois widened today, today, and one official says new evidence involves "A vast organization organization and huge-sums of money." Five government groups are now probing the week-old scandal. They are the federal government, the slate, and officials in Cook, Lake and DeWitt counties. For the first time, a stale official official was charged'yesterday with accepting a bribe in connection with horsemeat operations. These were the widespread developments: developments: 1. At Clinton, 111., Clarence Cox, a state food inspector fired yesterday yesterday for admitted laxity, was charged with accepting $150 in bribes to go easy on meat inspections. inspections. A. J. Rudaslll, DeWitt county state's attorney, said Cox waived a preliminary hearing last night, was bound over to the grand Jury and released on $1000 bond. 2. Rudasill quoted Cox as saying saying he accepted the bribe from three men. The DeWitl county official official said he had issued warrants for the arrest of the men, whose names were not made public. 3. Robert C. Nelson, Lake county slate's attorney, said he had obtained new documentary evidence involving "a vast organi- yation and huge sums of money" in his investigation of illegal hors. 1 meat meat operations. Nelson said he would expand his probe on Ihe basis of new information from Chicago Chicago and Cook county authorities and the office of price stabilization. He did not. amplify his statement. 4. Nelson had obtained warrants warrants charging four men with conspiracy to mlslabel horsemeat for human consumption. The four, Nelson said, are Joseph Siciliano, Tony Rossi, Russell Minnea and John King. He said they had worked worked for the now-defunct La:<e County Packing Co., near Lake Zurich. Siciliano already is charged with bribing Charles W. Wray, ox-chief of the state food insper.- tion service. Slcliano is free on Sin.OOO bond. 5. In addition to Cox, another stale food inspector was fired yesterday. yesterday. He was Boyd Bennett of Newman. Thus far, six men have been fired by Roy E. Yung, director director of the Illinois agriculture department. department. Thirteen inspectors have already been questioned in connection connection with illegal horsemeat operations, operations, and 19 others have yet to be called, Yung said. IllpKiil Sales II is illegal to sell horsemeat as beef under state and federal law. 6. The federal government has filed criminal informations against three men and two firms in connection connection with mislabeling of horse- meal. The accused are Charles R. Kocmond, Hinsdale; Matt Klarsch, formerly of Melrose Park; Robert Koltz, Chicago; the F. & S. Dog Food Co., and Metropolitan Distributing Distributing Co., Oak Park. 7. In Chicago, the Avondale Provision Co.. was ordered to stop making wholesale meat deliveries after health department investigators investigators seized 791 pounds of hamburger hamburger at the firm. The investigators investigators said tests showed two restaurants restaurants which bought meat from the company sold hamburger containing containing horsemeat. Charles Wray, the discharged state Inspection chief, has admitted admitted orally that he accepted between between $300 and $3500 in bribes from Siciliano. Wray said he was asked to go easy on inspection of Sicillano's Johnsburg Packing Co., of Mcllenry county. No charges have been filed against Wray. j I ; I !

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 19 Jan 1952, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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