Theft By Swindle Plea 28 Mar 12

An Arlington couple facing felony theft by swindle charges have entered an Alford Plea to one count each in Sibley County Court. Steven and Diann Rohde were accused of accepting money for woodworking products, but failing to deliver the goods. They were reportedly making furniture out of their garage for their online business, but allegedly failed to deliver products to at least 25% of their customers who had put down deposits. The Rohde’s then apparently filed for bankruptcy and closed the business, but a very similar business was started soon thereafter. Authorities received complaints from several individuals spanning 27 different states. An Alford Plea means the Rohdes do not admit guilt, but do admit there is evidence to convict them. As part of their plea, the county attorney’s office has agreed to cap any jail or home monitoring time at 30 days for each, and that their sentences will not be served at the same time. Sentencing is set for May 3rd.