April 14, 2013

Williams Cattle Company indicted

Treasurer falsified records of drug-free cattle

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Violation of a federal injunction concerning the cattle bought and sold has resulted in the indictment of a London cattle company.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Williams Cattle Company, located off East Fourth Street in London, allegedly violated a 2006 injunction requiring the company to notify buyers if animals have medical drugs in their systems.

The Food and Drug Administration investigated the London business, according to the indictment, and charged the company and its treasurer, 47-year-old Pamela Collette, with falsifying records and creating false documents.

Collette is accused of falsifying weekly reports that were supposed to be sent to buyers. These reports were to verify that animals sold through Williams Cattle Company were drug-free. The indictment claims Collette’s false records were an attempt to influence the outcome of the FDA investigation by falsifying documents from another company that sold animals to Williams Cattle Company.

The 2006 injunction instructs Williams Cattle Company not to purchase or sell cattle for slaughter if the animals have drug medication residue. As part of that injunction, the cattle company was required to notify the buyers and identify the medical drugs in the system of the animals. They were also to refrain from buying animals from sellers who use medical drugs on the cattle.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Special Agent in Charge Antoinette V. Henry, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations jointly announced the indictment.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

Information for this article was contributed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.