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South Dakota man charged with illegally selling cattle

WHITE LAKE, S.D. — A White Lake, S.D., man faces seven felony charges for allegedly selling cattle that were placed under a lien from an area bank.

Edward Mohnen, 70, was charged with illegally selling more than $80,000 worth of cattle over the past year without the consent of a bank that had a security interest in them, court documents state.

A lien was allegedly placed on the cattle by Farmers and Merchants State Bank of White Lake, court documents state. Mohnen allegedly sold the livestock without the bank's consent and failed to pay interest to the bank after the sales.

According to court documents, Mohnen sold the cows at a sale barn in Platte, and Mohnen allegedly made threatening comments, saying if the bank came for his land "there would be bullets flying."

Mohnen allegedly received more than $88,000 for the cattle on seven dates from Feb. 17, 2016, to March 8, 2017, receiving checks written to three other people.

Authorities interviewed two of those people, who said they did not give Mohnen permission to sell the cows in their names, but they did cash the checks he received from the sale barn and gave the money back to Mohnen, court documents state.

Mohnen is charged with seven counts of disposal of personal property subject to security interest, Class 6 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Bond was set at $10,000.

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