Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- An Aurora, Colorado man has been sentenced after he swindled $296,090 from a Deer River, Minn. wild rice company.
60-year-old Frederick Bradley Kellogg previously pled guilty to a theft felony charge and a stayed prison sentence of 21 months, as well as a probation for 20 years.
According to the criminal complaint, in March 2010, Kellogg approached the company with an opportunity to sell $10,000 in rice by creating, producing, printing and distributing coupons.
Kellogg told the company that the coupons would increase traffic to their website and he repeatedly claimed he had contacts throughout the country with wholesale buyers interested in their wild rice.
The criminal complaint says that between April 2010 and July 2010, Kellogg placed orders for their wild rice and the company sent about 120,000 pounds of rice worth almost $300,000 to Kellogg.
The company stated that Kellogg never prepared the coupons and never made any payment for the wildrice.
The company says he repeatedly acknowledged the unpaid invoices and promised to pay each one within 65 days of the receipt of a given shipment.