- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Court records show the former head of technology at the parent company of a popular Vermont cheesemaker will plead guilty to wire fraud in connection with the theft of $1 million.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1NLruV1 ) records show 53-year-old Ronald Rup Jr. was responsible for buying information technology network equipment for Agri-Mark from 2012 to 2014. Agri-Mark owns Cabot Creamery.

Rup is accused of purchasing unnecessary property for the company and converting the items to his own use or selling them and pocketing the proceeds.

No arraignment date has been set.

A defense lawyer says his client plans to plead guilty in federal court under an agreement reached with the government. He faces up to 20 years in prison.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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