Area men indicted in two federal cases
MADISON A Janesville business owner and two Clinton men were charged Wednesday in federal court as a result of two investigations.
David R. Biggerstaff, 55, Janesville, owner of Premier Vending, was charged with embezzling from an employee pension benefit plan, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Madison.
Jose S. Espinoza and his brother Jonny Espinoza, both of Clinton, are charged with attempted possession of 500 or more grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Jose Espinoza is also charged with distributing cocaine.
State, federal and local departments were involved in the investigation, including the Rock County Sheriff's Office and the Beloit Police Department.
Biggerstaff is accused of stealing $25,194 from the Premier Vending's 401(k) plan, according to the news release.
The charges come after the U.S. Department of Labor in January 2011 filed a lawsuit against Biggerstaff. The lawsuit accuses Biggerstaff of withholding voluntary employee contributions and using the money to pay for company operating costs, according to a Department of Labor news release.
The plan had nine participants and $181,742 in assets at the time the lawsuit was filed.
The lawsuit was the result of a Labor Department investigation, according to the release.
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