Pot businessman gets probation in Oakland fraud
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The man behind a national chain of stores that provide supplies to medical marijuana growers has been sentenced to 5 years of probation following his conviction on charges that he defrauded an Oakland grant program.
The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1c5iliC) that 29-year-old Dharminder "Dhar" Mann was sentenced on Friday after pleading no contest to five felony counts of defrauding the city in December.
Mann must also repay the city of Oakland $44,399 by April 1 under his plea deal with Alameda County prosecutors.
Mann was accused of pocketing Oakland redevelopment funds he received to help renovate some of his properties.
He also faces a lawsuit from the city for more than $360,000 in penalties and damages.
Mann is widely known as the CEO of the Oakland-based hydroponics franchise weGrow.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com