Man guilty of fraud for sell­ing ex­pired yo­gurt; gets 2 years

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A busi­ness­man has been con­victed of fraud charges and sen­tenced to two years in pri­son for sell­ing repack­aged yo­gurt prod­ucts that had passed their sell-by dates, high court of­fi­cials in Taipei said.

The high court re­turned a fi­nal ver­dict, find­ing Huang Chieh-ta guilty of 882 counts of fraud and giv­ing him pri­son terms adding up to two years, the of­fi­cials said, adding he could pay a fine in lieu of im­pris­on­ment, ac­cord­ing to a CNA re­port.

Huang’s com­pany, GEDI, im­ported yo­gurt prod­ucts from Greece, which were sold at its three out­lets at depart­ment stores and an un­der­ground ar­cade in Taipei, ac­cord­ing to the ver­dict.

In 2012, GEDI was fined by Taipei’s health au­thor­i­ties for sell­ing yo­gurt prod­ucts that had passed their sell-by dates.

In or­der to re­duce losses and avoid be­ing fined again, GEDI made ice-cream and sun­daes us­ing the ex­pired yo­gurt prod­ucts, and sold them at the out­lets.

The Taipei Dis­trict Court pre­vi­ously ac­quit­ted Huang and his two co-de­fen­dants due to con­flict­ing tes­ti­monies given by his em­ploy­ees.

But the high court con­cluded the ap­pel­late trial by con­vict­ing Huang, say­ing he in­ten­tion­ally cheated con­sumers by sell­ing them food items made us­ing ex­pired ma­te­ri­als.

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