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Published August 28, 2013, 05:02 PM

Insurance fraud charges dropped against ND man

A McIntosh County, N.D., man who pleaded guilty to charges that starved his cattle to death is no longer charged with insurance fraud charges.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. — A McIntosh County, N.D., man who pleaded guilty to charges that starved his cattle to death is no longer charged with insurance fraud charges.

James Schnabel pleaded guilty Friday to three of the four counts against him of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals. More than 100 died.

Schnabel has to pay more than $1,300, do 80 hours of community service and allow his operation to be monitored for two years.

The prosecutor has dropped charges of criminal attempt at theft of property and committing a fraudulent insurance act.

Reasons given included conflicting evidence, Schnabel’s lack of criminal history and his plea.

Authorities allege that Schnabel submitted an insurance claim falsely stating that the starved cattle had died after being chased by wild dogs.

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