A former executive for egg producer Hillandale Farms has been charged with stealing almost $7 million from the company.
Jonathan Weston, 57, faces federal charges of conspiracy, money laundering and tax fraud. Weston, a former accountant for Hillandale, is accused of appropriating about $6.8 million and laundering it through a variety of businesses, including a local chain of candy stores, a car wash and rental properties.
Weston is alleged to have acted with a co-conspirator, a bookkeeper who was at one time his secretary. The co-conspirator was not named in the indictment and has not yet been charged.
Weston faces a potential maximum sentence of 58 years and a fine of $2.5 million.
Hillandale is one of the leading suppliers of shell eggs for retail and foodservice in the northeastern U.S.