Lester Crawford

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Person.png Lester Crawford   NNDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornMarch 13, 1938
Alma materAuburn University

Employment.png Commissioner of Food and Drugs

In office
July 18, 2005 - September 23, 2005
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMark McClellan
Resigned after his lies emerged regarding a conflict of interest.

Lester Mills Crawford is a veterinarian and Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration who was appointed by George W. Bush.

He worked as Commissioner from July 18, 2005 until resigning two months later on September 23, 2005, in a surprise announcement. He denied that allegations of financial improprieties were the reason for his departure.[1] Bush nominated Andrew von Eschenbach to succeed Crawford. Crawford joined a Washington lobbying firm, Policy Directions Inc.

Conflict of Interest conviction

On October 17, 2006, he pled guilty to a conflict of interest and false reporting of information about stocks he owned in food, beverage and medical device companies he was in charge of regulating.[2] He received a sentence of three years of supervised probation and a fine of about $90,000.[3]

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