Medical marijuana CEO failed to disclose criminal history from 1990s – WTAE Pittsburgh
The competition for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana business was fierce, with hundreds of companies applying for only a dozen grower licenses.
Action News Investigates has learned the state is just now doing background checks on these companies — even though they’ve already been licensed.
Action News Investigates also found the CEO of one of those winning companies has a criminal history.
Sterling Crockett won praise from elected officials last month when Agrimed Industries broke ground on its marijuana grow facility in Greene County.
Out of 177 companies that applied for a grower’s license, the state gave Agrimed the top score.
But the state may not have been aware of something in Crockett’s past.
Records show Crockett was CEO of Precision Abatement, a New York corporation, in the early 1990s.
According to an indictment, that company won multiple government contracts as an approved minority contractor. But the indictment said the company was a fraud.
In 1998, Crockett pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of offering a false instrument.
He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, meaning he had to stay out of trouble.
“I still to this day believe I ran the business, I funded the business and so forth, but at the advice of my attorney, we pled (sic) guilty,” Crockett said.
Yet Agrimed’s medical marijuana application included a sworn affidavit from Crockett that he had not been convicted of a crime anywhere more serious than a summary offense, like a traffic ticket.
Action News Investigates asked Crockett why he did not disclose the conviction on the affidavit.
“I thought I answered this correctly,” he said.
On Monday, Agrimed told Action News Investigates the company has given the state information about Crockett’s guilty plea.
Records show Crockett did disclose his criminal history when he applied for a contractor’s