The owner of Leo’s Produce is expected to face arraignment this month on charges of theft by receiving.
Leo Charette was indicted on six counts of theft related to stolen property that Richmond County sheriff’s investigators reportedly found at his 15th Street warehouse in 2010.
According to an indictment returned by the grand jury last month, Charette had in his possession on Oct. 6, 2010: an E-Z-Go golf cart, a 1985 GMC Sierra truck, a Polaris trailer, a 2005 Jet Ski, a 2002 Yamaha ATV and a John Deere mower that was owned, in part, by Liberty Baptist Church.
Until his arrest, Charette’s company regularly supplied produce for the Richmond County jail and the Columbia County school board. In 2011, according to state records, Leo’s Produce was paid more than $430,000 to supply produce to the Richmond County Board of Education.
Charette, 47, who lives in Evans, is free on bond.
Also named in the indictment were Larry Lavert Germany, 47, of Hephzibah, Derrick Anthony Williams, 36, of Hephzibah, and Bradley Cole Rollins, 50, of Evans.