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4 sentenced in baby formula theft plot

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

PHOENIX – Four people were sentenced to federal prison for their part in a conspiracy to steal and sell baby formula.

The men, who were sentenced Monday to four to six months for transporting stolen goods, were minor players in a larger ring, federal prosecutors said.

From 1997 to 2003, the men helped acquire infant formula by shoplifting, theft or fraud. They took the formula to the Jamal Trading Co. in Tempe, prosecutors said.

The formula was then sold to stores and other wholesalers, prosecutors said. The main defendant in the case, Samih Jamal, has denied the accusations and is scheduled for trial in March 2005.

Those sentenced Monday were Ahmed Mohamed Ashry, 35, of Egypt; Hani Jamal Sarawan, 34, of Palestine; Abdulrazzak Fadl Jamal, 24, of Lebanon; and Marwan Fadl Jamal, 36, of Lebanon.

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