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Market Operator Found Guilty Of Checkoff Scam

Herman Camara, a Swansea, MA, livestock market operator, willfully violated the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order by failing to remit beef checkoff assessments some of which he collected from producers over a period of several years. That's what USDA Administrative Law Judge Jill Clifton said in ruling Camara was in violation for failing to remit checkoff payments on cattle sold between February

Herman Camara, a Swansea, MA, livestock market operator, willfully violated the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order by failing to remit beef checkoff assessments — some of which he collected from producers — over a period of several years. That's what USDA Administrative Law Judge Jill Clifton said in ruling Camara was in violation for failing to remit checkoff payments on cattle sold between February 1995 and April 2002. She ordered him to pay past-due checkoff assessments and accrued late-payment charges totaling $37,732, plus an $11,000 penalty.