Convicted sex offender sues mustard company for misleading ‘customers’ with parcel packaging

A convicted sex offender is serving behind bars in a civil suit against a condiment manufacturer for false and misleading advertising and breach of duty of care in the labeling of one of its mustard products.

David Lettieri, currently incarcerated at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, alleges that while the ingredients are listed on a package of mustards manufactured by Four-In-One, there is not enough nutritional information for “customers” to know the calories and carbohydrates in the product to determine. He’s seeking $450,000 in damages.

Lettieri is awaiting conviction for inciting a minor, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, Lettieri was arrested in October 2020 after traveling nearly 200 miles to meet up with a 13-year-old for sex at a park.

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David Lettieri, 36

David Lettieri, 36, was convicted in June of seducing a minor after he had sex with a 13-year-old girl in a park. (US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York)

The listed ingredients of Lettieri’s Salad Fresh Four In One Mustard are: distilled vinegar, mustard seeds, salt, turmeric, paprika, spices and flavorings.

He is not sure what those “spices” and “flavorings” are, he writes in the complaint filed in federal court for the Northern District of Ohio, and “doesn’t know what turmeric is.”

“The plaintiff believes that mustard seeds contain a type of carbohydrate that contains calories,” Lettieri wrote in the Aug. 25 document. “The plaintiff knows that salt is included in sodium, which contains nutritional information for proper nutrition.”

Four-In-One Inc. representatives could not be reached at the time of going to press.

According to publicly available records, Lettieri has filed at least two dozen lawsuits since his arrest, primarily against federal agents and against his detention.

Lettieri represented him himself, arguing that he was “entitled to a dismissal hearing.”[]al from [the] charging[e] or again a convert[s]ion” to a lawsuit last November, according to another lawsuit received by Fox News Digital.

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Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) photo

David Lettieri has filed a civil lawsuit against Four-In-One Inc. behind bars at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, see image. (Northeast Ohio Correctional Facility)

“Lettieri is urged that if he continues to file motions or other documents related to this matter, he may face penalties, including, but not limited to, an injunction and fines,” District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo wrote in his decision denying Lettieri’s motion away.

A jury convicted Lettieri on the federal charges in June.

Although the now 36-year-old reportedly traveled from his home in Broome County, Harpursville, New York to the town of Bliss, Wyoming County, New York “with intent to have sexual intercourse with the minor,” authorities wrote: there was no sexual contact.

The girl’s parents then contacted the authorities.

A search of the girl’s phone revealed the 13-year-old and Lettieri had communicated primarily on Facebook Messenger for three or four weeks prior to their meeting at the park.

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During this period, he asked her to send sexual photos. Photos of the then 33-year-old Lettieri’s face were also found on the girl’s phone, investigators wrote.

Recovered Facebook conversations between Lettieri, the victim and the victim’s underage sister “were sexual in nature” and the victim’s age was explicitly stated during the course of the conversation, according to the bureau.

Police recovered a call log between Lettieri and the girl on Oct. 10, 2020, the day the two met at the park.

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Lettieri waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak to FBI agents after he was arrested on November 4.

He told agents he knew the victim and her age, and admitted to discussing traveling to see her and sex, according to court documents reviewed by Fox News Digital.

Correctional Facility Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Correctional Center is pictured in Youngstown, Ohio on December 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Reade Levinson)

However, he told federal agents he only wanted to meet the 13-year-old to “talk her some sense” and “tell her that she was too young to have sex or communicate with men online,” and compared his actions to be a “good Samaritan”.

Lettieri allegedly denied knowledge of photos and videos found on Facebook between him and the girl at the time of his arrest.

After his questioning, he reportedly asked officers “if the underage female victim could be charged with misrepresentation,” to which an officer responded that “charges against the minor were unlikely.”

Lettieri petitioned the US Attorney for the Western District of New York to suppress his statements to FBI agents and their findings on his phone and at his home. He argued that when he was questioned, law enforcement violated his Fifth Amendment rights and Miranda rights, and that their search warrants were missing a probable cause.

During the two-and-a-half years that his case was pending, Lettieri hired at least six attorneys, according to US Attorney’s Office documents. One resigned from the accused sex offender’s case, while Lettieri fired at least two “whens.” [he] became dissatisfied with them.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Lettieri attended the New York Institute of Technology between 2007 and 2010.


“I am a very creative person. Give me a plot and I can make a story out of it.” [sic]”, it says on his LinkedIn profile.

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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