Rivera arrested for grand theft in Texas

By Bryan Sims | July 14, 2008
Web exclusive posted August 6, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. CST

John Rivera, founder and chairman of Baytown, Texas-based Sustainable Power Corp., which also goes by the name of Baytown Green Energy Consortium, was arrested July 30 by the Baytown Police Department Special Operations Unit on charges of grand theft worth more than $20,000.

Baytown detectives took Rivera into custody after a warrant for his arrest was filed in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rivera was transported to the Chambers County Jail in Baytown to await extradition. He later posted $20,000 bond and was released, according to Rivera's attorney Richard Cutler, founder of Georgia-based Cutler Law Group.

"I looked at the arrest warrants on which it was based, and it's baseless," Cutler said, adding he was confident that the case would be resolved shortly. "It's a joke. It's something that's going to go away very quickly."

While Cutler didn't divulge who filed the charges, he said that it was "in relation to a previous company to which he (Rivera) was an officer of in Palm Beach."
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