Florida man stole 4 million pounds of citrus, ag officials say

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Florida Man Accused Of Stealing More Than 4 Million Pounds Of Citrus.

WINTER HAVEN — State agriculture officials say a Florida man is accused of illegally obtaining more than 4 million pounds of citrus, valued at over half a million dollars, from five different individuals and companies. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release Friday that Bradley Reiter of Winter Haven entered into three contracts to harvest local citrus groves in March 2014. Authorities allege that in the months that follow, the suspect — who isn’t a licensed citrus dealer — harvested oranges and grapefruit from the groves, hauling off about 50,000 boxes full of fruit valued at $533,000, and, he admits, didn’t pay the company a cent, according to the press release. Reiter Citrus, Inc. never paid the business for the fruit or its rise value. • Entered into contract with Gabriel Groves, Inc., to purchase citrus and removed 1,599 boxes of grapefruit and 20,468 boxes of oranges between March 26 and April 28, 2014.

Police have arrested the suspect and charged him with fresh-squeezed organized scheme to defraud, one count of first-degree grand theft, two counts of third-degree grand theft and two counts of dealing in citrus without a license.

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