Legal troubles continue for Rivera

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 2, 2008

NATCHEZ — Details from John Rivera’s arrest are still not available.

On Wednesday, Rivera was arrested in Texas on charges of grand theft above $20,000 on a warrant that originated in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Florida’s assistant state attorney Mike Rachel has been assigned to the case and said he cannot discuss any details of the case until Rivera is booked into a Florida jail.

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“That’s when the case begins,” he said.

Rachel said he did not know if his office would pursue extradition proceedings.

Compounding matters, Rivera is due in an Adams County courtroom on Aug. 11 to face a fraud suit filed by the founder of Noront Recycling.

In that case, it has been alleged that Noront funded the purchase of a facility in Port Gibson where Rivera planned to turn shredded tires into commercially viable biofuel.

Noront’s attorney alleges his client never saw any profit from the venture.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating Rivera for fraud in a similar plan to produce biofuel at a warehouse near the Adams County Port.

Rachel would not say if Rivera’s recent arrest had any similarities with his two pending fraud suits.