- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The man behind a national chain of stores that provide supplies to medical marijuana growers has been sentenced to 5 years of probation following his conviction on charges that he defrauded an Oakland grant program.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1c5iliC) that 29-year-old Dharminder “Dhar” Mann was sentenced on Friday after pleading no contest to five felony counts of defrauding the city in December.

Mann must also repay the city of Oakland $44,399 by April 1 under his plea deal with Alameda County prosecutors.

Mann was accused of pocketing Oakland redevelopment funds he received to help renovate some of his properties.

He also faces a lawsuit from the city for more than $360,000 in penalties and damages.

Mann is widely known as the CEO of the Oakland-based hydroponics franchise weGrow.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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