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Published On: Thu, Mar 28th, 2013

Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika, Texas man living in Illinois arrested in New Jersey with $200K of cheese from Wisconsin

An Illinois man has been arrested and accused of stealing 21 tons of Wisconsin cheese has been arrested in New Jersey, which is valued at $200,000.

photo/Jon Sullivan

photo/Jon Sullivan

New Jersey authorities say Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika, 34, from a suburban town in Texas was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

New Jersey State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said Wednesday the man was driving a refrigerated truck carrying 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese. Jones says the cheese company, K&K Cheese in Cashton, Wisconsin, valued the cargo at $200,000.

New Jersey Detective Oliver Sissman tells WISC-TV in Wisconsin that the suspect used false paperwork to obtain the cheese.

Jones says if the cheese passes inspections by health authorities it will be donated to charity.

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