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Criminal charges may result from legitimate business activity

There are different types of sales and businesses in Connecticut. Some specialize in providing what is readily available at a good price or a convenient location. Others seek to provide something that is exclusive and select, often for higher price. For various reasons these types of businesses may succeed or fail, but mere failure to be able to provide the goods may or may not justify criminal charges. Such results may lead to an allegation of theft.

This March, a clothing store owner was arrested for various larceny charges in Connecticut. He owned stores in various towns in the state that sold a variety of retail items, including high-end sneakers. Many of the items that he sold were offered on a limited basis.

The store owner is accused of making claims that people who paid a price above the retail price for the exclusive sneakers could get their pairs before everyone else. Many of his customers claim to have paid him up to thousands of dollars for this privilege. They have receipts they claim were issued by him or his stores demonstrating their payments. Instead, the stores closed and they did not receive their shoes. Currently, the defendant has been released on bond.

Connecticut store owners that face that face themselves facing criminal charges may wish to research their options under the law. Being accused of a crime does not mean that a person has actually committed the alleged actions. Regardless of the specific circumstances, the burden of proof rests upon the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Failure to meet the burden means that a person will typically be judged not guilty of the charges.

Source: ctpost.com, "High-end sneaker seller charged with larceny," March 14, 2013

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