On Thursday night, Farmers’ Cabinet owner Matt Swartz (seen here in his mugshot) was arraigned in Philadelphia Municipal Court and charged with forgery, tampering with a public record, and conspiracy, among other charges, stemming from the police raid at the Farmers’ Cabinet on Wednesday night.
Pennsylvania State Police squad supervisor Frank Spera said that Swartz was arrested on Wednesday night after investigators found what they claim is a forged Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board document at the Farmers’ Cabinet.
Spera alleges that the Farmers’ Cabinet had been serving alcohol with an expired liquor license and that Swartz forged the document in an attempt to circumvent that expiration. Police also seized over 800 bottles of alcohol from the restaurant.
Swartz was released on Thursday night after posting bail, which had been set at $10,000. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 2nd. Meanwhile, the Farmers’ Cabinet remains open as a BYOB.
Swartz has not responded to an email seeking comment.