|Deepamar Singh Kohli (mug shot SCSO)|
A Branson West business owner who pleaded guilty to selling fake drugs and stealing charges in September has been sentenced to five years probation.
In March of 2012, an undercover COMET Drug Task Force member who took part in a "buy" at The Star Mart in Branson West says Deepamar Kohli, 31,allegedly sold them two packages of fake marijuana and then offered a price break if they purchased two additional packages he kept in a place other than the display cabinet.
Kohli, of Springfield, was charged after a search warrant was executed at the convenience store on March 8th. During the search, authorities seized twelve varieties of fake pot, and another synthetic drug called "Pump It," which is similar to cocaine and/or meth.
Kohli allegedly told investigators that he knew selling synthetic drugs was illegal, but he had lab results from a pharmaceutical company that said the synthetic drugs he was selling were not illegal.
While he was being questioned about the synthetic drugs, investigators asked him about a bogus police report he filed in November of 2011 in which he claimed a former employee had stolen $7,500.
Court documents say Kohli told the undercover officer that "business was bad and he had to borrow $5,000 from his Dad." Kohli then hatched the scheme to make a claim to bilk his insurance company out of the money to repay his father.
Kohli has made restitution of $5,000, according to court documents.