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Friends fight to recover money from Belmont businessman

Accused in $10 million theft

Jack Cranney was once a respected figure in Belmont. The son of a prominent family, he ran a successful business, lived in a large home on a street dotted with mansions, and even rubbed elbows with the Romneys.

He made his money the same way his mother did, selling vitamins and nutritional supplements for the Shaklee Corp. Cranney became a top distributor for the San Francisco-area company, which peddles healthy living, and the chance to get rich by selling its wares and recruiting others into the system.

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