US (SD): Global Aquaponics executive charged with grand theft

One of the executives at Global Aquaponics is facing new charges for allegedly writing bad checks.

Tim Burns of Brookings is now charged with two counts of grand theft.

He's accused of writing a $15,000 check in December to Pizza Ranch owner Kip Pharis that bounced. He's also accused of writing another check for $7,500 to Pharis in April of this year that also bounced.

Burns is already facing federal charges on 18 counts of mail and wire fraud for his alleged role in the Global Aquaponics scheme where he and Tobias Ritesman allegedly defrauded investors.

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