SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Seattle have charged a Mississippi man in a two-year scheme to sell food and beverages that were supposed to be destroyed to discount grocery stores.
Charging papers filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday identify Randy Sparks as the owner of Silver Dollar Sales in Golden, Mississippi.
Prosecutors say he conspired with others to obtain hundreds of truckloads of food and drinks, such as apple juice, under the promise that the product would be destroyed or recycled into agricultural feed. They say he then sold it to discount grocery stores in several states, including Mississippi and California.
There is no allegation in charging papers that the resold products threatened human health.
Sparks is expected to plead guilty later this month. Reached by The Associated Press, he declined to comment except to say, "I wish it wouldn't go on the news."
Silver Dollar Sales did issue a statment addressing the situation:
"We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our valued customers and address recent events regarding our wholesale and retail operations. Silver Dollar Sales is a company that has provided discount groceries for countless retail outlets in the United States for almost 30 years. Silver Dollar's goals is to utilize and maximize the value of product and for its consumer's to have an oppotunity to purchase high quality items at discount prices. Silver Dollar Bargains has continued this tradition in the retail market of Tupelo, MS since 2015. At no point in the 30 years of operation has Silver Dollar Sales sold to the public any product that they would not themselves consume or serve to their own families. Silver Dollar has never had in insurance claim or report regarding product that was less than wholesome for consumption. We ask that you continue with us as we serve your community and continue to provide affordable quality products for you and your family."