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Moore requests local case; Cavaletto, too, if at all

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Local agriculturalists Mark Moore and Michael Cavaletto have each filed legal responses asking that a lawsuit filed by Moore’s former employee be moved to San Luis Obispo County, and that Cavaletto be removed as a defendant.

The most recent court filings in the case brought by former CoreClean CEO Anyck Turgeon add another layer of mystery to a story involving alleged sexual battery and loan forgery. Turgeon filed a claim last December against Moore and a number of companies he’s either owned or managed, as well as Cavaletto and his company, Michael J. Cavaletto Ranches. According to the lawsuit, Turgeon claims she wasn’t fully compensated in her role as CEO of CoreClean, an Arroyo Grande-based fertilizer company with manufacturing plants in California, Texas, Tennessee, and overseas. She also alleges Moore, CoreClean’s manager and former SLO County Farm Bureau president, made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

Cavaletto, however, says he never hired Turgeon and was inappropriately listed as a defendant. In fact, he denies any connection to Moore’s companies or any affiliation with Turgeon.

“I do not know Anyck Turgeon,” Cavaletto said in an April 3 declaration. “[Cavaletto] Ranches did not hire Ms. Turgeon as an employee or in any other capacity. Ranches did not pay Ms. Turgeon for any services.”

Turgeon claims she received payments from “Cavaletto Moore Ranch” between September 2010 and January 2011.

Both Moore and Cavaletto asserted in recent court filings that Moore’s various companies—CoreAgri and American MicroTech, to name a few—have no affiliation with Cavaletto, nor his company.

Cavaletto’s attorney didn’t respond to a call for comment.

Moore also didn’t respond to a request for comment, nor did Turgeon’s Los Angeles-based attorney, who claims the case should be tried in Southern California, according to court documents.

Moore additionally claims that he never entered into a contract with Turgeon, despite her contrary assertions in the lawsuit. He also denies any recent affiliations with Moore Agricultural Products, according to court documents. That company’s owner, Moore’s mother Gail, is in the midst of a bankruptcy procedure. According to court filings, Gail Moore recently learned of a loan obtained when her son was CEO of Moore Agricultural Products, which includes a signature of her name she says was forged.

Moore’s wife, Laurie Moore, has also denied she signed a separate loan bearing both their names.

Multiple sources have reported or alluded to an FBI loan-fraud investigation involving Moore. CoreClean’s attorney confirmed that the FBI is looking into Moore, though the bureau wouldn’t confirm or deny to New Times any such investigation.

Turgeon’s case is scheduled for a June 1 hearing in Los Angeles.

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