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EX-EXECUTIVE CHARGED IN THEFT OF GALLSTONES

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A former executive has been charged with stealing beef gallstones for use as an Asian aphrodisiac.

Tim Niemann, former vice president of Centennial Corp., is accused of selling about 5 ounces of the stones for $2,000 to a San Francisco trading company, Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey said.The gallstones, which are sold at $400 to $600 an ounce and are worth more than gold in some cultures, are exported to Asian markets where they are sold as aphrodisiacs, said police Lt. Gary Engel.