A former employee of Klausner Lumber One is suing the lumber company for submitting false statements to the federal, state and local governments to receive public grants and funding.
According to court documents, Emma Tirella, Klausner’s former human resources generalist, witnessed systemic fraud within the Austrian company.
After notifying management, Klausner allegedly terminated her employment in response to her complaints, the court documents claim.
The fraud is related to false statements Klausner made to various governmental entities, including Suwannee County School Board and Suwannee County Commissioners, specifically regarding job creation and training expectations, the court documents claim.
These expectations must be met and maintained to receive public funding and financing.
According to court documents, in 2012, Klausner was on the brink of bankruptcy. Forced to sell three mills in Europe, the company proposed to construct a lumber production facility at a rural catalyst site in Suwannee County, about eight miles from the center of Live Oak.
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