Guilty plea entered for fraudulent “organic fertilizer”

Kenneth Noel Nelson Jr. of Bakersfield, CA, has pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud organic farmers and other customers of his organic fertilizer business. Nelson admitted he defrauded customers from 2003 to January 2009 through his company Port Organic Products Ltd. and affiliated businesses by representing fertilizers as being made purely with materials approved for use in organic agriculture. He has now admitted using synthetic materials not allowed in organic fertilizers or organic agriculture. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5. The maximum statutory penalties are 20 years in prison, a $ 250,000 fine on each mail fraud count, and up to three years of supervised release.


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