CHICAGO — Alleging theft and securities fraud, local and state prosecutors in Missouri and federal regulators took aim Tuesday at the former head of the company that last year abandoned a half-built artificial sweetener plant financed with $39 million of debt backed by the city of Moberly.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman announced the criminal complaint alleging four counts of securities fraud and one count of stealing against Bruce Cole, the former chief executive officer of Mamtek U.S., a subsidiary of Chinese-based Mamtek International. The complaint was filed in the Circuit Court for Randolph County.

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