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British Man Charged in Extortion Plot Involving Tainted Food Products

A British national was charged today with extortion and tampering with consumer products for sending several adulterated food items – including baby formula contaminated with boric acid – to the Ralphs grocery chain and demanding $180,000 to prevent poisoned food from being placed on store shelves. David Ian Dickinson, a 43-year-old Venice resident, was arrested at his residence yesterday by FBI agents who were executing a search warrant at his house. According to a criminal complaint filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles , Dickinson confessed to the plot, admitting that he “did it.” While Dickinson allegedly threatened to place contaminated and dangerous food products on store shelves, there is no evidence that he actually followed through on the threat. Full Story

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