The former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener facility has been released from a Missouri jail after posting $10,000 bail while awaiting trial on theft and fraud charges.
Officials at the Randolph County jail say Bruce Cole was released Monday. He faces one theft charge and four counts of securities fraud stemming from the financial collapse of a Mamtek U.S. facility in Moberly in 2011.
The former CEO of a failed sweetener facility is back in Missouri to face charges that he spent public money intended for the planned Moberly factory for his personal use.
Ex-Mamtek U.S. Inc. head Bruce Cole faces fraud and stealing charges after plans to build the plant collapsed. Prosecutors say he used some of the money from a $39 million bond to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home.
Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 5:52 pm
The former CEO of Mamtek is fighting extradition to Missouri.
At a court hearing today in Santa Ana, California, Bruce Cole refused to be extradited, which means that he can’t be sent back to Missouri unless the Governor of California asks the court to order it. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Attorney General’s office says that request is being expedited.