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Nebraska inspector accused of faking mad cow tests

Published on November 18, 2010 3:01AM

Last changed on November 18, 2010 11:40AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A former state cattle inspector has been indicted for faking tests for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as BSE or mad cow disease.

The two-count indictment announced Wednesday by the U.S Attorney's Office says 41-year-old Galen Niehues, of Cozad, submitted inspection reports on 92 cattle operations in Nebraska but never actually performed the inspections. He faces federal charges of making false statements and mail fraud.

No number was listed for Niehues, and court records don't list his attorney.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 2. Niehues faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

An Agriculture Department spokeswoman says Niehues' work was part of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant and referred comment there. FDA officials didn't immediately respond Wednesday.

Copyright 2010 The AP.


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