Business owners and executives must be cautious about business practices that could subject them to criminal liability. On April 28, 2021, two former executives of Bumble Bee Foods avoided jail time due to their cooperation with prosecutors in connection with their part in a scheme to fix the price of canned tuna. Ken Worsham, former vice president of trade marketing, and Scott Cameron, former vice president of sales, were each sentenced to three years of probation in the criminal case.
In his sentencing statement, Mr. Cameron apologized to his former co-workers: “I lost my moral compass and I let each one of you down. I had a choice when I faced pressures to collude. I made the wrong choice. I will forever be sorry and ashamed. You all deserved better.”
Both men testified against former company president Chris Lischewski, who is currently serving a 40 month prison sentence. From 2011 to 2013, Bumble Bee Foods conspired with its two major competitors, Chicken of the Sea and Starkist brands, to keep the price of canned tuna artificially high.