UPDATE: Former owner of organic tomato business arrested, faces various theft charges

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Jamie Lawhorne ran a business in north Alabama selling greenhouses for people to grow organic tomatoes. Many people bought into Cypress Creek Organic Farms hoping to make money.

The claims created skepticism, and Lawhorne packed up and moved to North Carolina. There, he tried to sell organic worms through another business, WormzOrganic.

Lawhorne, 52, is now in the Huntsville/Madison County Jail. He was booked Wednesday on 23 counts, including charges of theft by deception, sale of unregistered securities and ommission/misrepresentation of sale/securities.  His arrest followed an extensive investigation by the Alabama Securities Commission.

Lawhorne is currently being held at the Madison County detention facility under a $600,000 bond.

Jacqueline Wilson was also charged in connection to this case. The indictment said Wilson allegedly fraudulently solicited investor funds for Cypress Creek Organic Farms. She is charged with six counts of sale of unregistered securities and one count of sale of securities by an unregistered agent.

Wilson was released from custody after posting an $80,000 bond.

Law enforcement said Lawhorne's and Wilson's arrest surrounds the Cypress Creek Farms business dealings.  The Alabama Securities Commission oversaw the investigation.

WHNT News 19 reported extensively on Cypress Creek Farms in 2013.  Watch our investigation below.

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