Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ex-F.D.A. Chief Pleads Guilty in Stock Case

Article in today's New York Times -- Ex-F.D.A. Chief Pleads Guilty in Stock Case, by David Stout:

    Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of food and drugs, pleaded guilty Tuesday to
    lying and conflict-of-interest charges in connection with stock he and his wife owned in
    companies regulated by the F.D.A.

    Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, who accepted Dr. Crawford’s plea to two
    misdemeanor charges, scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22 in Federal District Court.

    Dr. Crawford, 68, could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 on each of
    the two counts, but his lawyer has said she expects him to be placed on probation.


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