Maple syrup purchase ends in fraud charges
BENNINGTON — A Shaftsbury man has denied a criminal charge after being accused of purchasing maple syrup through fraudulent means.
Richard Blackmer, 35, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court on Monday to a single misdemeanor count of false pretenses—$900 or less. Judge David A. Howard released him with conditions. Blackmer will return to court on Dec. 6.
Blackmer wrote a check for $840 to a Shaftsbury man in March, according to Vermont State Police. Blackmer purchased 20 gallons of syrup from the man, who ran a farm in Shaftsbury. Police said Blackmer wrote the check from an account in the name of Sapphire Valley Farm & Maple LLC, which troopers said was a closed checking account, and then sold the syrup.
Blackmer turned himself in at the Shaftsbury barracks on Oct. 20.
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