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5 officers convicted in ‘Made in USA’ boots scheme

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – A number of former directors of a one-time industry-leading manufacturer of boots for the AMERICAN soldiers, convicted in a “Made in USA” scheme.

The Kingsport Times-News reports the former Wellco Enterprises Inc. executives sold boots incorrectly advertised as being made in the USA. the boot uppers and insoles are manufactured in China. The newspaper says that the employees on a Morristown, Tennessee, in the factory where the boots’ soles were connected, were instructed to remove the “Made in China” tags to send the shoes.

Matthew Ferguson and Kerry Ferguson were sentenced to six months in prison Monday. Neil Streeter, and Stephanie Lynn (Ferguson) Kaemmerer were sentenced to five years probation. Matthew Harrison Martland was sentenced to six months of probation last week.

The former president and CEO Vincent Ferguson will be sentenced later this year.

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News http://www.timesnews.net

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