The lawyers of Mr. Lischewski and the Department of Justice, prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The conspiracy scheme began in or around November 2010 and continued until December 2013, according to the records of the court. Mr. Lischewski and his co-conspirators tried not to be detected by the authorities in speaking in code when referring to one another, meeting in remote locations and the communication of false justifications for the price.
“This brings us closer to our goal: to allow our citizens to be able to buy food in the impartiality of the market within an efficient and fair economy, free of the greed of the companies,” John F. Bennett, special agent in charge of the F. B. I.’s San Francisco Division, said in the statement.
“This sentence is the result of our commitment to make companies and senior managers accountable for their actions, whether they operate in the food supply, industry or elsewhere,” Mr. Bennet said.
In 2017, the Drone has pleaded guilty for his role in the system and was sentenced to pay a fine of $25 million fine. In September, StarKist, another canned-tuna company that was involved in the conspiracy, was sentenced to pay a fine of $100 million fine, according to prosecutors.