Farmers’ Cabinet Owner Matt Swartz Charged With Forgery and Conspiracy

SWARTZOn 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.

  • The Jerk

    Long lost Duck Dynasty brother ??

  • deja vu

    Hmm, this reminds me of something I was reading about yesterday. I believe the article was written by Victor Fiorello, published on Foobooz, and contained exactly the same information this was does. Strange coincidence, or beating a dead horse?

    • no

      Oh, its beating a dead horse – but in this case, its a dead horse that’s directly threatened Foobooz with legal action for posting about him and his restaurant, not to mentioned posted all sorts of silly comments as “The Scotsman.”

      So, the dead horse is kinda asking for it.

      Which I guess means the horse isn’t dead, then? This analogy isn’t quite working out…

      • deja vu

        He spent an surprising amount of time browsing Foobooz comment boards while in jail…

        • Barstool Sample

          That’s awesome deja vu! I for one am encouraged that they are bestowing internet time for people in holding cells at the Round House. Its called, early, early pre-rehabilitation.

          But for you real “no”? He was released on $10,000 ball Thursday NIGHT!!! Pretty sure The Scotsman was pain the greater majority of the afternoon. So it clearly can’t be Swartz. But is that logic way too difficult for you to understand.

  • 14thandBroad

    This is getting downright comedic. We need at least 5 more posts this weekend:
    Gifts for Matt Swartz, 2013: Parts 1-5. 25 Unflattering Photos of Farmer’s Cabinet Owner Matt Swartz. LIBEL!! SLANDER!! HEARSAY!!

  • Wtf

    Phil Robertson is being unfairly persecuted for his religious beliefs. He is entitled to have his opinions. I understand that A&E is a private company and can make decisions about who they employ, but the media’s further victimization is getting out of control. I can’t begin to understand how this is a topic on a local philadelphia food blog.

    • CD50

      Beard = Duck Dynasty
      Get it?
      No one is picking on your hillbilly idol.

  • Amanda

    Farmers Cabinet also charged $30,000 on my credit card. One of their employees was responsible.

  • CHMMM

    Obviously no one should be breaking the law, but maybe if it wasn’t such a ridiculous process to get a liquor license then people wouldn’t be so tempted to do this kind of thing. Our liquor laws are overly restrictive and outdated.