Grand Theft: Citrus

Grand Theft: Citrus

In Winter Haven, Florida, Bradley Reiter is accused of stealing more than 4 million pounds of citrus, valued at approximately $540,000. So how does he do it? Officials say he agreed to three contracts to harvest local citrus groves in March 2014. Reiter, 61, who is not a licensed citrus dealer, harvested oranges and grapefruits from the groves, but never paid the grove owners, according to authorities. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said that Reiter raked in nearly 50,000 boxes of fruit from five different growers. He was booked in the Polk County Jail on charges of scheme to defraud, grand theft and dealing citrus without a license. (Huffington Post)


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