Farmers’ Cabinet Owner Matt Swartz Pleads Guilty to Three Counts

On Friday, Farmers’ Cabinet owner Matt Swartz entered a plea agreement in a Philadelphia court, pleading guilty to one count of tampering with a public record and two counts of serving beer without a license to do so.

matt-swartzSwartz was arrested last December after the Liquor Control Enforcement arm of the Pennsylvania State Police raided the Walnut Street establishment.

Even though the restaurant’s liquor license had expired back in October, the Farmers’ Cabinet was still operating as a full bar.

Prior to the raid, I had contacted the Farmers’ Cabinet to find out why they were still serving liquor.

A manager told me that a certificate granting the authority was issued by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and that the certificate was posted at the front of the restaurant.

And then Swartz sent me the following via email:

License has been renewed letter is in front if the restaurant taxes have been settled ….if you try to destroy my business on more time with lies you will be sued for slander ..just like the sherif sale 2 months ago … It’s all ready at the lawyer waiting for you to cross the line One more time …you just can’t say outlandish things and hid behind thats it only a “blog” and its ok …I really don’t know what your problem is with me considering I never even meet you….didn’t you run the same untrue story last year to….

Trouble is, police alleged, that certificate was a fake, and Swartz was charged with forgery, in addition to the other charges listed above.

“He forged the temporary authority letter he was given last year for 2012,” a police spokesman told me. “He went and just changed the year.”

As part of the plea deal reached this week, the forgery charge was dropped. Swartz was sentenced to up to 12 months probation and ordered to perform 10 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine, in addition to court costs.

It wasn’t Swartz’s first run in with the law. He previously spent time in federal prison for wire fraud. And in April 2013, Swartz pleaded guilty to his second DUI offense.

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  • JB

    10 hours of community service? He’ll probably still try to skip out the hours!

  • Geoff

    You continue to beat a once interesting but dead horse

    • DrVampyre927

      Shut up Matt!!

  • Fickmattswartz

    I love the people who call this a dead story or worse defend him because he gives people jobs in Philly. This guy is scum….from an ex employee, who watched him put his kids college fund either up his nose or in a strippers g string, Ill tell you this guy is only looking for the next person he can screw over. He owes 100s of 1000s of dollars to purveyors and employees alike. He cheats on his wife with and rents or pays tuition for as many dancers at Delilahs as he can. He has kids who wont talk to him and wife who would leave him if she could afford it. He lies, cheats and steals from local businesses. STOP LETTING HIM POISON PHILADELPHIA! oh and since I know he actually goes through this stuff I implore you guys to write everything you can because it does hurt him!

  • Jack

    In response the the below comments. Kudos to Fickmattswartz! The only thing you needed to add is that the fact is that his wife is just as much as a scumbag. She does his dirty work and enjoys living the lifestyle just as well. They both are living in a 4.5 million dollar home!
    Geoff you’re an idiot! You are either Matt or Colleen……….or you’re an idiot who has no reason to be posting here. If you truly know Matt and Colleen Swartz you would agree 150% with all of the negative comments on here and you would be beating the dead horse as well b/c you would want justice to be finally served! So unless they have screwed you over…shut up! :)
    To ALL who would like to see him pay for the things he has done to people…the lives he has ruined……..REMEMBER he is on probation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AND TO MATT…you WILL eventually go to Jail. I can assure you of that:)

    • DrVampyre927

      Totally agree, both of them are “scumbags”

  • Laughing

    PLCB is a toothless barking dog. Probation? ROFLMAO

  • JG