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Former employee files federal suits against ArtsQuest; Brings beer stein origin into question

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A former employee of ArtsQuest in Bethlehem says she was unjustly fired after she blew the whistle on, what she calls, fraudulent business practices.

Rebecca Stoneback filed two federal lawsuits Monday against her former employer.

The New Jersey woman says that $70 beer steins sold at MusikFest aren't handcrafted in Germany as advertised, but are actually made in China for a fraction of the cost.

In the suits, Stoneback claims she was let go from her long time job after she brought her concern to her employer and refused to sell the beer steins and mugs.

The suits allege that ArtsQuest conspired to comitt fraud by saying the products were made in the Getz Factory in Germany. Stoneback's suit says hundreds of the products have been sold- both in store and online.

An ArtsQuest spokesman declined comment, citing the pending litigation.

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