Monday, April 11, 2011
Guilty: Gluten-Free Trial
This evening, a jury found Paul Seelig guilty of 21 counts of what the press is reporting as "fraud" (I'm guessing it's obtaining property by false pretenses (a class H felony)) for selling bread under the false pretense that it was gluten-free.
It appears that he will be sentenced in the morning. Each count carries a possible term of nearly a year in prison.
Does this indicate that prosecutors may seek out these kind of harsh punishments in other areas of false advertising? Even corporate false advertising?? For example, McDonald's selling a "bowlful of wholesome" ... it's oatmeal that has more sugar than a snicker's bar...