Rhode Island man gets sticky sentence for phony syrup
June 13th, 2012
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Maple syrup is a messy business, especially when what you’re selling isn’t really maple syrup.

A Rhode Island man was sentenced Tuesday in Vermont to two years probation for misleading his customers about what kind of syrup he was actually selling.

Bernard Coleman pleaded guilty Tuesday to substituting cane sugar in a product he labeled as “maple syrup.”

In addition to probation, Coleman was ordered to pay a $340 fine.

Last October, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the MAPLE Act, legislation that would make the fraudulent sale of maple syrup a felony offense.

“We need to make sure that those who intentionally deceive consumers get a trip to jail, not a slap on the wrist,” Leahy said in a statement.

The bill is currently under review in the Judiciary Committee.

Previously - MAPLE Act would sting syrup fakes

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Was I the only person who caught this?...

    “We need to make sure that those who intentionally deceive consumers get a trip to jail, not a slap on the wrist,” Leahy said in a statement."

    June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  2. Shawn

    The MAPLE act is a ginormous waste of time and taxpayer's money, this guy should be fired. Next thing you know they'll be executing people for possession of marijuana..........

    June 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  3. riamb60

    I wonder how much he was selling it for ?

    June 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply

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