When one company provides another with a product to sell, they generally expect to see a return within a reasonable amount of time. Failure to pay for products is a serious offense and can lead an individual to face allegations of theft. White collar crimes of this nature have major consequences, which become more severe the higher the amount allegedly stolen. A Wisconsin man is facing similar charges after allegedly failing to pay potato growers for over $700,000 worth of product.
Authorities say the man was the owner and operator of a potato brokerage for up to eight years. Throughout this period, they say he approached numerous farmers and struck up multiple deals to sell their products, but he allegedly refused to pay them after the transactions were made. They assert that a former employee of the man says that he would tell them that a check was on its way and would refuse to return their calls after they failed to receive it.
According to reports, the man faced similar charges nearly four years ago, but the case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Although it is unclear if new evidence has been unearthed, he was recently arrested and accused of multiple counts of business theft. He has since been released on bond while awaiting his next appearance in court, and he may choose to use this time to work on his defense.
White collar crimes of this nature carry severe penalties, and those accused of business theft may find it beneficial to speak with an attorney as soon as the charges are filed. By speaking with a defense attorney, a client in Wisconsin could obtain advice on what to expect throughout the process. An attorney can examine the situation thoroughly and provide advice on the best course of action with which to proceed.
Source: producenews.com, “Former Wisconsin potato broker charged with theft“, Sept. 28, 2017