American Express: Brazilian company touted by Gov. Scott owes us $340k

Rick Scott and Rick Perry touted the benefits of low state taxes during an April event in West Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Rick Scott and Rick Perry in West Palm Beach. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

During his first year in office, Gov. Rick Scott touted a Brazilian company’s plans to open a major facility at the Port of Palm Beach. America’s Natural Caffeine would invest $25 million and hire 75 workers at an average salary of $62,000, Scott announced in 2011.

The company’s business plan: shipping guarana beans from Brazil to Palm Beach County, then removing the caffeine, turning it into powder and selling it to drink makers. Alas, the business never got off the ground.

Now, American Express Bank says the company defaulted on a loan for $339,873.02. In a suit filed last week in Palm Beach County, American Express accuses the company of “unjust enrichment.”

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