A former Stratford farm equipment employee has been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing $700,000 from the company.
Darryl Baird, 49, was also ordered to pay $647,000 in restitution on top of money already recouped.
While Baird has declared bankruptcy, he has more than $400,000 in assets available to creditors, the court was told.
Company president John Reddin noted in his victim impact statement that he felt "anger and disbelief'' over the crimes committed by a man he had considered to be his “best buddy and friend.’’
Reddin also said in his statement that his company, Redding Farm Equipment, will survive Baird’s crimes that took place over four years but not without some difficulty.