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Parmesan Fraudster May Get Food Pantry Time Instead of Jail

  • Fake cheese distributed across the nation from 2010 to 2013
  • Zero to six months in jail sought along with community service
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In a request seeking to fit the punishment to the crime, the U.S. is asking that an executive of a company that passed off fake grated Parmesan cheese as the real thing be sentenced to time at a food pantry or soup kitchen.

While jail remains an option, sentencing documents filed Tuesday by federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court for western Pennsylvania are only asking that Michelle Myrter, president of Castle Cheese Inc. in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, receive zero to 6 months in lockup, along with her community service. Her attorney has asked for probation.