Rivera arrested for grand theft in Texas

Published 3:13 pm Thursday, July 31, 2008

NATCHEZ — On Wednesday John Rivera was arrested on charges of grand theft above $20,000.

The warrant for Rivera’s arrest was filed in West Palm Beach, Fla., however Rivera was arrested in Baytown, Texas where he currently serves as CEO of Sustainable Power Corporation.

Rivera’s attorney Richard Cutler said the charges were baseless.

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While Cutler said he did not know who filed the charges he said they were “in relation to a previous company he (Rivera) was a officer of in Palm Bach.”

Cutler said he was confident the matter would be rectified in a few days.

Rivera is the CEO of U.S. Sustainable Energy Corporation, a company that leased a warehouse near the Adams County Port in 2006.

At the time Rivera claimed his company would eventually make 1.5 million gallons of biofuel a day.