DEER RIVER – A Colorado man must spend 20 years on probation for swindling nearly $300,000 from a wild rice company.
At a court hearing Monday at the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, a judge stayed a 21-month prison sentence for Frederick Bradley Kellogg, 60, of Aurora, Colo., who previously pleaded guilty to felony theft.
The judge ordered Kellogg to serve 12 months in jail and 20 years on probation. In addition, he was ordered to repay $296,090 in restitution and participate in full-time work or school or serve 20 hours of community service.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the case:
Kellogg approached the owners of GRV-Gibbs Wild Rice Company in Deer River about selling rice in 2010. Kellogg said he would create, produce, print and distribute coupons to participants in Susan G. Kommen Race for the Cure events throughout the United States, and the coupons would increase online sales.
He also claimed to have buyers of several large outlets, including Costco, Cub Foods and Family Dollar, around the globe.
During the course of a few months, the company sent about 120,000 pounds of wild rice to Kellogg, who never prepared the coupons nor paid for the rice. In addition, the company learned Kellogg sold some of the rice at nearly one-third of the market value.