Major wire fraud case in Addison County
by Mike Donoghue, Correspondent, Vermont Business Magazine A Bristol businessman, who authorities said defrauded more than 100 customers out of $165,000 for custom wood products he never delivered over the past year, has been arrested on federal wire fraud charges. David A. Conrad, 42, pleaded not guilty to the 5-count indictment when he appeared in US District Court in Burlington late Friday afternoon. Federal Magistrate Kevin Doyle agreed to release Conrad despite heavy objection by the prosecution, which noted the defendant had no stable place to live and may have serious mental health issues. Conrad has been living in his truck in Burlington in recent days and it appeared he would continue to live there if released.