The president and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to fix prices for packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Attorney John Keker said Lischewski was innocent. "When the facts are known and the truth emerges, Mr. Lischewski will be found not guilty, and that vindication will rightfully restore his good name".
According to the indictment, Lischewski agreed to fix prices in meetings and other communications from November 2010 until December 2013.
Bumble Bee general counsel Jill Irvin has said the company hired a chief compliance officer last fall and recently reformed its guidelines and policies. "Bumble Bee has a strong senior management team in place and will continue to operate our business in usual fashion with an eye towards growth".
Lischewski is the fourth executive of San Diego-based Bumble Bee to be charged in the conspiracy.
Previous year the company itself pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to one count of conspiring to fix prices and was sentenced to pay a $25 million fine.
Three other people, including a former StarKist tuna company executive, have previously been charged.
Those three companies have long dominated the US tuna market. Justice Department's Anti-Trust Division.
The U.S. government began investigating price fixing of canned tuna between StarKist, Bumble Bee Foods and Chicken of the Sea more than two years ago.
StarKist is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group of South Korea.