Arrest made in alleged Alberta hay fraud

A Lethbridge businessman is due in court next month to answer to charges that a Taber, Alta.-area farm business was defrauded out of six figures’ worth of hay.

The Taber Police Service said Friday it had completed a “lengthy investigation” into allegations of fraud in which hay was obtained “under false pretenses” from a local company that wasn’t reimbursed for the product.

The Taber-area business is alleged to have been defrauded of over $800,000 between March and July 2013, the police service said in a release on its Facebook page.

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The police service said it has arrested and charged Scott Piggott, 33, with fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and false pretenses over $5,000.

Piggott is now out on bail and due to appear in Provincial Court in Taber on June 23, the police service said.

“The culmination of an arrest and charges in this matter is a great example of working through a large amount of information, liaising with special prosecutions, and helping our local business community,” Inspector Graham Abela said in the police service release.

The investigation involved “reviewing a massive amount of data and obtaining information from several companies in Canada and the U.S.,” the police service said. — Network

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