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By Laura SmithThe BBCThe BBCNews.co.ukOn Tuesday, the honey producer Honey West pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud, one count of conspiracy and one count each of misleading the public and breaching consumer protection laws.
Honey West has admitted paying farmers to make their honey more expensive to consumers, with some of the payments being made through online platforms such as AmazonFresh.
The company’s chief executive, Chris Hulme, has admitted the company may have violated the Consumer Guarantees Act, but insisted he had not been aware of the breaches until after the fact.
The case is one of several cases in which beekeepers have pleaded guilty and received compensation for their losses in recent years.
A total of 18 beekeepers were found guilty in March, including the founder of the popular Australian beekeeping company Humboldt Honeyworks.
Humboldts founder Ian Macdonald pleaded guilty in November after admitting he had failed to properly warn consumers about the dangers of bees and the risks of the honey they produced.
A further three beekeepers are currently awaiting trial.
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