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New York beekeeper accused of defrauding on bees

August 29, 2014
Associated Press

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A beekeeper is being accused of defrauding people in New York and Vermont out of thousands of dollars by failing to provide them with beehives.

New York State Police charged 36-year-old John P. Clarke of the northern New York town of Waddington with felony first-degree scheme to defraud on Wednesday.

Troopers told the Watertown Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1tJxyl4 ) that they had received four complaints from people who said they sent Clarke money for beehives or beehive nucleuses that were never delivered or only partially delivered. All of the customers said they contacted Clarke through a Craigslist ad.

Clarke was arraigned in Waddington Town Court and was sent to jail on $50,000 cash bail.

It could not immediately be determined if Clarke had a lawyer.

 
 

 

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