Two executives at a former New York City meat wholesaler were arrested on charges of federal conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Howard Mora, 67, and Alan Buxbaum, 65, have been accused of selling choice beef as prime when they ran A. Stein Meat Products between 2011 and 2014, according to the New York Post.

Prosecutors said that Mora and Buxbaum ordered their employees to systematically slice the “Choice” stamps off of their stock, and re-stamp them with counterfeit “Prime.” Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on $250,000 bonds.

“Customers and consumers are entitled to get what they pay for, especially when the product is food on their tables,” US Attorney Richard Donoghue said.

A. Stein Meat Products, a 75-year-old business, went out of business in October 2014 after defaulting on its debts.

Source: New York Post