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Peddler Pilfers Potatoes, AllegedlySubmitted: 03/01/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com


ANTIGO - A middleman between Langlade County potato farmers and food producers never paid for more than $200,000 dollars worth of potatoes.

That's why Thomas Lundgren is charged with in five felony counts.

Lundgren had been buying potatoes from five different farmers and selling them to producers for years.

"What's claimed is that the individual took items - potatoes in this case - from several farmers in Langlade County, promised to pay for them, and didn't," says Langlade County District Attorney Scott Moller.

The problems started in 2011.

One of the farmers got fed up with not being paid for potatoes.

"Eventually, he went down to the Stevens Point area, where I understand this individual had his business, hoping to get paid, and found the business closed with the shades drawn and the door locked," says Moller.

Prosecutors say he defrauded farmers out of three-quarters of a million dollars in Portage County.

He'll next appear in court on Monday.

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