Governor candidate Thanedar faces suit over company’s sale

LANSING, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar has been sued and accused of fraud related to the sale of his majority stake in a chemical-testing company he founded in Ann Arbor.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, Avomeen Holdings Inc. alleges Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations about the nature and amount of revenues and earnings — which led Avomeen to pay an inflated price.

Thanedar says he “patently” denies every claim and will fight the suit.

According to the lawsuit, Thanedar received about $20 million from the sale and maintains a minority stake through Chemreal — a company created from the transaction.

Thanedar has given his gubernatorial campaign nearly $6 million. He has said he wants to “disrupt” a Democratic primary that includes Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed.

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