Two employees accused of dealing in $45,000 of ‘hot’ potatoes

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ST. DAVID — Two men were charged Wednesday in the theft and sale of about $45,000 worth of potatoes to businesses and residents in the St. John Valley for the last 4½ years, state police said.

Paul Gervais, 69, of St. Agatha, and Lloyd Voisine, 61, of Frenchville, were both issued a summons on a charge of Class B theft, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000, state police said.

Officials at the Cyr Potato Corp., which has a headquarters at 946 Main St. in St. David, reported to state police on July 31 that they believed employees had been taking potatoes and selling them to businesses and residents in the St. John Valley, state police said.

Cyr Potato Corp. believed this may have been happening over the past 4½ years. A lengthy investigation led to evidence of the sale of approximately $45,000 worth stolen potatoes by the two suspects, who were company employees, state police said.

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Both men were released on promises to appear at the District Court in Fort Kent on Nov. 2, state police said.

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