OAKLAND - An Oakland businessman known for his involvement in the medical marijuana industry was sentenced today to five years' probation in a scheme in which he defrauded a city grant program that helps property owners pay for renovations.

Dhar Mann, 29, also was ordered by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi to pay a $10,000 fine plus $44,000 in restitution to the city.

Mann pleaded no contest in December to five counts of defrauding the city's redevelopment program by submitting bogus claims for redevelopment funds.

Mann's parents run Friendly Cab, the city's largest taxi company, and his business interests include selling supplies for the medical marijuana industry.

Mother Jones featured Mann on the cover of its February 2012 issue and described him as a "ganjapreneur" because of his work in the medical marijuana business.

Mann also faces a lawsuit by the Oakland City Attorney's Office that seeks $230,000 in civil penalties and $135,000 in damages plus attorney's fees and costs.

City Attorney Barbara Parker said when the suit was filed in October 2012, "This money was granted to revitalize Oakland neighborhoods and encourage business investment. It is shocking that anyone would defraud taxpayers and cheat the community out of these resources."


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