Former Starkey executives charged with stealing $20 million

Former Starkey execs indicted

MINNEAPOLIS - Federal prosecutors are accusing three former executives of Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies of taking part in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $20 million from the hearing aid maker and its principal owner.

The indictment announced Wednesday charges former company President Jerry Ruzicka, two more former executives and two other men.

According to the indictment, between 2006 and last September, the defendants conspired to embezzle and misappropriate money and business opportunities belonging to Starkey and Sonion, a major supplier of hearing aid components to Starkey.

Ruzicka's defense attorney, John Conard, says his client "has done nothing wrong."

Almost a year ago, the FBI raided the homes of Ruzicka and Scott Nelson.

According to the indictment, over a nine year period, Ruzicka, Nelson along with Lawrence Miller, Jeffrey Taylor and Lawrence Hagen embezzled and misappropriated money and business opportunities belonging to Starkey. 

The defendants will make their first court appearance, later this week.

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