Monday, December 8, 2014

Idaho Man Charged With Embezzling $1.6 Million From Potato Farming Concern

From the Idaho Statesman on 12/6/2014:

Police say Russell C. Leonardson stole $1.6 million over several years from his Aberdeen employer, potato company Idaho Select Inc. The Eastern Idaho man is charged with two counts of grand theft and more than 50 counts of forgery, according to a Bingham County Sheriff's Office press release.
The release, posted on the Idaho State Journal's website, says Leonardson was arrested Friday morning after a warrant was issued. Leonardson called police to notify them he would turn himself in.

"The detectives division has been investigating this case for the past several months," the press release said. "The detectives division has information [about embezzlement] going back seven years, but the statute of limitations only allows us to charge for the past five years."
Leonardson is scheduled for arraignment Monday.


Read an update of this story here:

Update (3/19/2015): Leonardson waived his right to his initial hearing.  Read the story here.

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