Bruce Steven Arabsky, the former general manager of the Superior Poultry Processors plant in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing about CA$1.9 million (US$1.5 million) from his employer.
Arabsky, between November 2009 and May 2010 had made several electronic transfers from Superior to a Saskatchewan company that was controlled by him. The crime was discovered by Superior Poultry Processors while the company was looking into another financial matter.
According to the Superior Poultry Processors website, the company services customers throughout western and central Canada, as well as the United States, and because of its proximity to ports in British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington, it supplies frozen poultry products to many countries around the world.
Prior problems for Arabsky
According to the court, Arabsky had no prior criminal record, although he was found in violation of Canada’s Food and Drugs Act and fined CA$12,000 (US$9,908 at the time). That fine was issued because in 2010, Arabsky instructed an employee to prepare chicken drumsticks for export to Afghanistan, and label the products as turkey. Court documents revealed that this happened multiple times over a period spanning several weeks. Arabsky’s signature was on the export application verification forms.
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