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Former tomato farm CEO extradited to Tennessee

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James Lawhorne is expected to face a TN judge Wednesday. (Source: Cherokee Co. SC Jail) James Lawhorne is expected to face a TN judge Wednesday. (Source: Cherokee Co. SC Jail)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The man behind a failed Tennessee Valley-area tomato business was extradited to Tennessee.

Lawhorne served as the CEO of Cypress Creek Organic Farms, a Madison County tomato business that shut down last year, leaving investors with a big financial loss.

Click here for full coverage of this investigation.

Those former farmers and officials in Tennessee didn't know where to find him until he popped up in a South Carolina jail last month for DUI.

Lawhorne is in the Rutherford County Jail after he was a no-show at a restitution hearing from a 2006 fraud case. In an unrelated case, he still owes two dozen people here in Alabama $228,000.

Hundreds of Valley farmers lost thousands after buying into a tomato growing business for Cypress Creek Organic Farms.

Lawhorne claimed they could make thousands. That never happened, and the business crumbled

We reported on Lawhorne's new business in North Carolina, called WormzOrganic - new product, same promise, and growers there said he took off with their money.

Lawhorne is expected to go before a judge in Tennessee Wednesday morning.

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