CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has been indicted on charges that he falsely told FDA investigators that a Hepatitis B carrier had bled into batches of a consumer product made by his former employer.
Luke Truesdell was indicted on four counts of communicating false information about a consumer product and three counts of making false statements. He made his initial court appearance Tuesday and was released on bond.
Truesdell had faced similar charges in July, but a plea deal fell through after he said he didn't understand his legal rights. Prosecutors dismissed the case and sought a new indictment, which includes additional charges.
Court records don't identify Truesdell's employer or the product he claimed was tainted. They say that he made false statements to the FDA and in a Facebook post.