A former accountant for egg producer Hillandale Farms has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $6.8 million from the company.
Jonathan Weston, 58, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, money-laundering conspiracy and tax fraud. Authorities say that between 2005 and 2019, while employed at Hillandale, he and an unidentified company bookkeeper, now deceased, stole the money and spent it on luxury cars and boats and a condominium in downtown Pittsburgh. They laundered it through businesses including car washes and candy stores.
In addition, between 2013 and 2019, Weston either failed to file income tax returns or filed false ones, authorities say.
Weston faces a maximum sentence of 58 years in prison and/or a fine of $2.55 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.