The chairman of the Gulf Seafood Processing company, John Dickson, was caught up last week in a scandal involving seafood processing plants in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama, where he allegedly paid a former co-worker to falsify work records to secure work at his companies.
In the past year, the company has been embroiled in a number of food safety scandals in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
The company’s chairman was reportedly accused of accepting $7,000 in bribes to cover up the company’s work on a project that the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has determined was fraudulent.
According to a report from Axios, Dickson has been arrested in Florida on bribery charges in the past two weeks, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Florida Times-Union.
The complaint alleges that Dickson accepted $7.5,500 from an individual who is a co-owner of a Gulf seafood processing plant in Jacksonville, Florida.
That individual was a former Gulf Seafys employee who was fired from the company in January for falsifying work records.
In the criminal complaint, the former employee was accused of lying about his relationship with Dickson and attempting to cover his tracks.
Dickson has denied the allegations.
According a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the investigation into Dickson was initiated by the FBI, which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The case was also being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office in Miami.