A former Foster Farms maintenance manager has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud in a case dating back to 2012.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Surjit Toor was responsible for selecting third-party vendors to perform work at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, California. He allegedly conspired with his son, Raju Toor, who ran a construction company, to bill Foster Farms for work that was never performed. The falsely billed projects included the construction of an inspection catwalk and the modification of a metal tank designed to hold ammonia.
After receiving payment from Foster Farms for the work never performed, Raju Toor transferred the majority of the money back to his father, the attorney’s office stated.
Surjit Toor has agreed to pay nearly $47,000 in restitution back to the poultry company as part of a plea agreement.
The court also reached an agreement with Raju Toor, stipulating that if he does not engage in any further fraudulent activities, commits no other crimes, and that if the restitution amount is paid by the time of the sentencing of Surgit Toor, the U.S. will seek to have charges against Raju Toor dismissed.
Surjit Toor is scheduled for sentencing on May 16. He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $250,000.