Only 3 seek restitution in tainted cantaloupe case

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say only three people have submitted restitution claims totaling $13,000 from two Colorado cantaloupe farmers linked to a deadly listeria outbreak.

KRDO-TV reported Monday (http://tinyurl.com/kham3o2 ) the requests included doctor bills, attorney fees and funeral expenses.

Eric and Ryan Jensen were ordered to pay up to $150,000 restitution each after pleading guilty in October to federal charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

The 2011 listeria outbreak killed 33 people and sickened 147 in 28 states. Investigators said the melons were likely contaminated in the packing house of the Jensen’s southeastern Colorado farm.

Prosecutors say the known victims who suffered financial losses were contacted about restitution but many declined to ask for any payments.

The Jensens were also ordered to serve probation and home detention and perform community service.

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Information from: KRDO-TV, http://www.krdo.com/

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