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Published July 15, 2010, 07:41 AM

Minn farmer indicted in moldy bean scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a northwestern Minnesota farmer allegedly put moldy beans in a shipment of food destined for hungry families in Honduras.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a northwestern Minnesota farmer allegedly put moldy beans in a shipment of food destined for hungry families in Honduras.

Thirty-seven-year-old Thomas Matthew Chisholm of Gary is indicted on two counts of causing the issuance of false official certificates.

Chisholm got a contract in February 2007 to provide dark red kidney beans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for export to Honduras for the Food for Work program.

Officials say that in March 2007, Chisholm had a load of beans that passed inspection. He allegedly relabeled that load and resubmitted it for two additional inspections, leading the USDA to issue false certificates.

Then, authorities say, he told workers to substitute moldy beans for those two lots, which were shipped to Honduras and were spoiled when opened.

Chisholm does not have a listed number and could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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