2 halal food execs sentenced following export fraud

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge in Iowa has sentenced two brothers who own companies that distribute and certify halal food products after they pleaded guilty to federal charges.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade sentenced Midamar Corp. President Jalel Aossey on Friday to one year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud. He admitted that labels on meat products and documents exported to Malaysia and Indonesia were falsified. He must resign from the Cedar-Rapids, Iowa-based company.

His brother, Yahya Aossey, received three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to selling misbranded meat products. He may continue as the head of Midamar.

Their father, Midamar founder Bill Aossey, was sentenced in February to two years in prison after being convicted of similar charges.