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James Kirk Baldi is an accountant and the former owner of Bel Rio who fled the area following a series of fraud allegations and controversies regarding the sudden closure of the restaurant in 2010.  In December 2010, Judge Edward Hogshire ruled that Baldi owes over $45,000 to one of his former investors. Baldi is also wanted on two counts of embezzlement from Duraclean, an Albemarle County business for which he provided book-keeping services
Baldi was eventually located in San Francisco and was arrested in January 2013. 
- Web. Judge rules against missing Bel Rio owner, Tasha Kates, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 18, 2010, retrieved December 20, 2010.
- Web. Baldi declines replacement judge, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 14, 2013, retrieved February 14, 2013.