CHICAGO — The trustee for $39 million of appropriation-backed bonds sold by a Moberly, Missouri, to help finance an artificial sweetener factory has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chinese company that abandoned the half-built project and defaulted on its city payments to cover debt service.

UMB Bank NA’s lawsuit against Mamtek U.S Inc. and its parent Mamtek International alleges breach of contract and breach of other terms under the bond documents. It seeks damages of at least $36 million and asks the court to appoint a receiver.

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