ERIC LEWIS PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT
Everybody in Louisville, Illinois is just waiting to see if he’ll get the federal equivalent of a slap on the wrist, like he did when he stole from Effingham farm service in 2000.
Here’s a pic of “the house that Crow’s Seed built”:
Interestingly, when we obtained this shot back in early April, Eric must have known something was up because he came chasing after us out of Bible Grove, but gave up before we reached Highway 45 (might’ve known that if we stopped the car and got out, we’d have a better shot at getting a pic of his FACE, which we’d really like to have in case any of you dear readers would like to email it to us, contact info is at the ‘about us’ link).
Disclosure has been covering the Lewis case since a year ago. Unfortunately, since last fall, it really has slogged through the court system and there weren’t a lot of updates to be had. However, we learned that Lewis was working on a plea well over a month ago, hence the need to get a pic of the house (before…forfeiture? Those federal civil cases can be brutal when the party that was wronged wants their money back…)
Here’s the backstory: Eric Lewis, 33, has been working in the ag field (seed distribution) for a long time. In 2000, he was working for farm service (Effingham-Clay) and filched several tens of thousands of dollars through fraudulent seed sales. He was convicted and ordered to pay back over $50,000, which he did over two and a half years’ time (must’ve saved some of what he filched, just in case).
Then in 2008, a federal civil suit was filed by Crow’s Seed (Biocorp) out of Indiana, for whom he’d been working for a few years. They claimed that he used a ‘seed scheme’ to filch MILLIONS through them, and named as co-defendants several people in Effingham and Clay counties who purchased the seed from him. Crow’s went after them, too; for the outcome of that, you’ll have to read the print version on stands June 17.
Even more interesting is that Crow’s named as yet another co-defendant Clay County State Bank, for cashing million-dollar checks Lewis deposited in his account, but that were made out to Crow’s. Not much mention is being made of THAT by MSM, as they are hesitant to cover issues involving banks; see the June 17 issue for more.
But most interesting of all is that this was just a CIVIL SUIT. The federales didn’t go after Lewis, they just assisted in the pursuit of the civil suit through the court system in Benton on behalf of the plaintiff, Crow’s. For those who don’t yet understand what this means, here it is: CRIMINAL CHARGES had yet to be filed. They have been now. And when it all gets finalized, Lewis is probably going to hope that at his new job with Beck’s seed out of Indiana, they think he’s a model employee, because he’s going to need all the monetary help he can get at that point.
Well, that and if he’s been doing the same thing there that he’s got a track record of doing for the past ten years or so, they haven’t discovered it yet….we’re just sayin….
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