Four more citations for operating a secondhand goods business without a license were issued Monday to George Garg, owner of Fast Cash in northeast Brainerd.
The most recent citations are part of an ongoing investigation, Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc said. Garg has been cited 10 times since January 2006.
"Each incident we discover of him buying and selling without a license he will be charged with," Bolduc said.
Fast Cash, owned by Garg and his wife, Pamela Marsh-Garg, was denied a renewed secondhand license by the Brainerd City Council in January 2006 after police officers alleged the Gargs violated several city ordinances, including selling animals without a license and failing to keep transaction reports on items bought.
An appeal by the Gargs of the council's decision was denied in August 2006 in Crow Wing County District Court. Fast Cash has remained open since losing its secondhand goods license, operating instead as a consignment shop and retail store.
George Garg, who appeared at a pretrial hearing on four of the citations Wednesday at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center, said further decisions were postponed in court because of the new citations.
Garg said he will fight each citation in court and maintains he has done nothing wrong.
"They've gone out of their way to make my life miserable," Garg said. "They are just nit-picking. They keep digging, keeping digging, harassing me and harassing customers. If I had anything to hide, or if I was lying, do you think I would be sitting here?"
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