An Oakland cannabis entrepreneur charged with defrauding the city out of more than $44,000 remained silent during his initial court appearance.
Dhar Mann waived his right to an arraignment and will return to court June 6 to enter pleas on 13 felony counts. He was scheduled to be booked Wednesday and released on $50,000 bail.
Mann, 27, operates several companies and his parents own Friendly Cab, Oakland's largest taxi company. Prosecutors said that as part of a city grant program to help Mann pay for property upgrades, Mann submitted copies of checks made out to contractors for city reimbursement without actually submitting the checks to the contractors.
In several cases, prosecutors wrote, Mann "simply redeposited the checks to his bank account, writing on the back of the checks 'not used for intended purpose.'"