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In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court with Timothy O'Brien, a lawyer representing Maine Contract Farming, LLC, on 10 counts of animal cruelty stemming from an undercover investigation in 2009 by Mercy For Animals at the Turner egg farm. Maine Contract Farming, LLC, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $134,674.11 in fines and restitutions. Friends and colleagues say DeCoster, who also owns of an Iowa egg farm at the heart of a massive salmonella r...

Maine, Iowa egg producer separates business, charity work

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Friends and colleagues say Austin "Jack" DeCoster, owner of an Iowa egg farm at the heart of a massive salmonella recall, is at once a stubborn and "ruthless" businessman and a community benefactor who shares his wealth and counsels inmates about Christianity.

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