- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former produce company purchasing assistant has been sentenced to three and a half months in prison for his role in a federal contracting fraud scheme.

AL.com reports (https://bit.ly/1hcBS20 ) 42-year-old Stanley Joel Butler II, of Trussville, was sentenced Monday in federal court.

Butler is among five men charged in what authorities say was a scheme to make the federal government pay inflated prices for fruits and vegetables by creating false records that showed a higher purchase cost for the food.

Adams Produce shut down and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012. The company had operated since 1903.

Butler is also ordered to serve three months on home detention after his sentence, which begins on June 18. He and the other defendants are ordered to pay $481,000 in restitution.

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