Johanna Foods Was Victim of Theft, Fraud

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – A man is facing a four-count indictment related to thefts at Johanna Foods here.

David Mendez was indicted on one count of second-degree theft; one count of fourth-degree falsifying records; and two counts of fourth-degree forgery.

Johanna Foods is a producer and distributor of juice, drinks and yogurt. It makes private-label products as well as name brand products, including La Yogurt, Ssips and Tree Ripe juice.

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According to the indictment, Mendez falsified load sheets and “overloaded delivery trucks with more product than the orders requested.” Mendez knew the truck driver would be selling the products to a third party, according to the indictment.

Information released today by Hunterdon Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III shows that Mendez gave employees one version of a truck load sheet calling for more products than an order required, and then submitted another load sheet to Johanna Foods management. Those showed the correct quantities of products were loaded onto the trucks, the press release states.

The indictments allege that on one of the load sheets, Mendez signed the name of Alejandro Moreno.

The crimes are alleged to have happened between Jan. 1 and July 15.

An indictment reflects a Grand Jury’s belief that there is sufficient evidence for prosecution of a case to proceed. In New Jersey, those indicted do not have an opportunity to defend themselves before the Grand Jury. All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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