The fifth company official, former general manager Michael O’Brien, is scheduled for a status hearing Nov. 14 in federal court. O’Brien’s duties at Adams Produce included determining the prices the company charged the U.S. for fresh fruits and vegetables. Adams bought the produce from TLC, Marietta, Ga., according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The other former Adams officials who have already pleaded guilty in the case are purchasing director David Kirkland, purchasing program specialist Christopher Pfahl and Stanley Joel Butler II, who was a purchasing agent.
Grinstead negotiated his plea agreement in late January after the government filed charges of wire fraud, failing to report the felony conspiracy scheme and two counts of failing to file tax returns. The former CEO agreed to plead guilty and to pay $450,000 to help offset wages left owing to 400 Adams Produce employees when the company unexpectedly closed in April 2012.
Butler is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 12. Kirk is set for sentencing Dec. 19. Pfahl is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14, 2014.