More than a dozen people in Cuba have been sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for conspiring to divert millions of eggs to the black market.

Communist Party newspaper Granma said Friday that 18 suspects were convicted and one was acquitted.

Prosecutors had sought terms of up to 20 years in the case.

Granma reported last week that the suspects included executives of the state-run egg distribution company in Havana as well as accountants, drivers and other workers.

They were accused of misappropriating more than 8 million eggs from January to October 2012.

The scheme reportedly cost the company some $356,000 in losses.