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Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)


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Pro tip: Never trust a man who talks about his “smoking hot mom.”

Cody Easterday is a piece of work, as you undoubtedly know if you read Senior Editor Mark Friedman’s front-page article last week. Easterday is the 49-year-old rancher from southeast Washington who pleaded guilty in March to defrauding Tyson Foods Inc. of $233 million and an unidentified company of $11 million.

To be fair, it wasn’t until his father died on Dec. 10 — a few days after he confessed his scheme to Tyson executives — that Easterday shared a decades-old photo of his parents on Twitter and described his mother as “smoking hot.” By then, Tyson executives were grappling with the fact that they had, over a period of years, paid hundreds of millions of dollars for cattle that didn’t exist and nonexistent feed to fatten them up. And that Easterday, in his words,…

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