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VitaPro President Arrested

In the latest development in the on-going VitaPro scandal involving the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, Yank Barry was arrested Feb. 11, 1999. Barry, president of Montreal-based VitaPro Foods Inc., was indicted in January 1998 with former state prison chief James A. "Andy" Collins [ PLN , July 1998].

Collins was charged with six federal counts of bribery, conspiracy, money- laundering and fraud in connection with a TDCJ contract to purchase $33.7 million worth of VitaPro, a soy-based meat substitute, for the state prison system.

VitaPro president Yank Barry faces charges of conspiring to hide illegal payments to Collins by funneling them through a front company; Barry was arrested after arriving in Houston on a flight from Canada.

The TDCJ is pursuing a lawsuit to cancel the VitaPro deal, claiming the contract was fraudulent and the department had no authority to enter into the agreement. The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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