Former owners of Paddle Hard Brewing facing fraud charges
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The former owners of Paddle Hard Brewing face charges for selling beer that they claimed was locally brewed in violation of their liquor license.
Cynthia Kaye Vargo, 41, and David Richard Vargo, 44, were arraigned in Crawford County’s 87th District Court by Magistrate Camarin L. Talarico on Wednesday, February 5, on felony and misdemeanor charges.
Both Vargos were charged with fraud-common law for falsely advertising the sale of alcoholic liquor as locally brewed not allowed by licensee, which carries up 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine.
They also face a misdemeanor charge of alcohol sale possession in violation of the liquor control code by licensee, which carries five months in jail and or a $500 fine.
Dave Vargo faces addition charges of alcohol licensee rule violations-false labeling a container in which beer is placed for sale and for use and given a false or fictitious name; making false or fraudulent statements to an investigator; and for representing the interest in the business of another vendor’s product. The charges carry a penalty of six months in jail and or a $500 fine.
According to court documents, the violations occurred between November 7, 2015 through September 10, 2019.
The Vargos said they planned to retain an attorney to represent them in future court proceedings.
The Vargos are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, February 18, when their attorney will meet with a representative from the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office.
A preliminary examination, when prosecutors must present sufficient evidence to bind the Vargos over to Crawford County Circuit Court for a jury trial, has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 25.