Sentencing delayed for figure in Iowa egg scandal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sentencing is delayed a second time for a former manager of Iowa egg farms who played a role in the 2010 salmonella outbreak.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett issued an order Monday delaying Tony Wasmund’s sentencing on a bribery charge from Aug. 16 to Jan. 17.

Wasmund was a supervisor under Jack DeCoster, whose Iowa operations were blamed for the outbreak that caused the recall of 550 million eggs.

He’s pleaded guilty to authorizing another employee to use $300 in petty cash to bribe a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow sales of shell eggs that failed to meet federal standards.

Legal observers have speculated that prosecutors hope Wasmund will implicate higher-ups. Attorneys for DeCoster and his son have said they are potential targets of the grand jury investigation.

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