Youngstown prison inmate files $450K lawsuit over info missing on mustard label
An inmate being held in Youngstown's privately operated prison while he awaits sentencing that could result in life in prison is suing a food distributor for $450,000 because he says nutrition information isn’t printed on packets of mustard served at the lockup.
David Lettieri, 36, of Harpursville, NY, is being held in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road since a jury in federal court found him guilty of enticement of a minor.
Lettieri claims in his suit filed in U.S. District Court in Youngstown that labels on mustard packs provided in prison display the ingredients, but no nutritional information such as carbohydrates, and calories.
The civil suit, in which Lettieri is representing himself, accuses the distributor of false and deceptive advertising, and breach of duty of care.
The distributor has not filed a reply to the suit.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Lettieri was arrested after traveling to a park in Wyoming County, New York in 2020 to meet a 13-year-old girl with the intent of having sex.
Although authorities say Lettieri made no sexual contact with the teen, investigators found messages on social media from Lettieri that were of a sexual nature.
The victim’s age was also revealed during the conversations, according to prosecutors.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.