The Modesto Bee reports a milk hauler and two California dairies have been sentenced for shorting Foster Farms Dairy millions of dollars worth of milk.
Joe Teixeira of Stevinson, Elmiro "Tony" Belo of Escalon, Maria Silveira of Escalon, and Bernadette Silveira of Escalon all pleaded no contest to one count of felony grand theft. Teixeira entered his plea on Nov. 30. He received the most severe sentence, with two years in prison in addition to paying restitution. The other three defendants will each serve less than a year in prison, but will also pay restitution.
For two years, Teixeira would unload milk at Foster Farms Dairy, keeping a few thousand gallons of milk in his tank. He would then refill his tank at one of two Oakdale dairies then return to unload the milk at Foster Farms.
Sheriff’s officials conducting the investigation said Foster Farms was paying Oakdale dairies twice for the same load of milk, causing Foster Farms millions of dollars of losses over two years.
Foster Farms caught Teixeira through internal audits.