Queens Beekeeper Accused of Funny-Honey Scam

NY Post    By MATTHEW ABRAHAMS, HELEN FREUND & DON KAPLAN  8/24/12

The Queens man who kept 3 million bees in his back yard has been accused of diluting his honey with corn syrup and selling more than half a ton of it to a bakery.

Yi Gin Chen, 58, of Corona — who needed cops Wednesday to help round up the insects after he lost control of his 45 hives — duped a local bakery out of about $6,000 by selling it 1,200 pounds of adulterated honey last month, said Andrew Cote of the New York Beekeepers Association.

“He gave them a sample, and it was just fine,” said Cote, who wouldn’t name the bakery for fear of ruining their business. “Then they bought the honey from him, and it turned out he had cut it severely with corn syrup. We tasted it, and you could tell right away. . . .