DULUTH, Minn. - Hunter Hanson, the grain trader convicted of federal wire fraud and money laundering charges after leaving a trail of unpaid bills across North Dakota, will start his prison sentence at Federal Prison Camp in Duluth.
Hanson was sentenced to the crimes on Nov. 12 and had been held much of the time at the Stutsman County Correction Center in Jamestown, N.D., and later to the Sherburne County jail at Elk River, Minn., before being transferred on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to Duluth, where he will serve at least part of his term, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.
Federal District Judge Daniel Hovland said the Federal Bureau of Prisons attempts to place inmates within 500 miles of home to be more available for visitors. The Duluth prison is a minimum security facility that houses 478 male inmates..
Hanson, 22, is serving an 8.5 year term after pleading guilty to defrauding farmers and elevators.
His Midwest Grain Trading and Nodak Grain businesses were shut down by the North Dakota Public Service Commission in November 2018. Creditors filed $11.2 million in claims, of which more than $8 million were for grain that had been picked up by Hanson that he failed to pay for or sent checks without sufficient funds.