Ala. produce executive pleads guilty to conspiracy


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A third executive of a bankrupt Birmingham produce distributor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in using fake invoices and purchase orders to defraud the federal government.

A U.S. District Attorney's spokeswoman says 44-year-old David Andrew Kirkland, who now lives in Texas, worked as the director of purchasing for the Adams Produce Company and conspired with the company's purchasing program specialist Christopher Alan Pfahl and its CEO Scott David Grinstead.

Officials say the federal government contracted with the company to provide produce to military bases, public school systems, junior colleges and universities and the company's executives drafted fraudulent invoices and purchase orders to mask its deteriorating financial condition.

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