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CRIME AND COURTS

Kevin Ray Hewitt, 61, was sentenced to serve 60 days in Le Sueur County Jail each year through 2027, as well as pay $390,000 in restitution costs to victims.
Engelkes was sentenced on April 1, nearly five years after officials from the USDA learned he had removed pledged grain without prior approval and sold it.
In a Minnesota court case, JBS SA agreed to pay $52.5 million to settle litigation accusing meat-packing companies of conspiring to limit supplies, inflate prices and boost profit.
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Court documents state that The Schwan Company alleges that from the time Rongxuan Cai accepted the job at Conagra until he was escorted from Schwan property, he accessed files containing Schwan confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets on several projects related to pizza crust and other projects.
Cargill, the multi-national agribusiness company based in Minnesota, is suing an insurance company it says should have paid under a crime loss policy after Cargill lost $45 million in an employee fraud scheme. Two Cargill employees conspired with a vendor, Women’s Distribution Services, or WDS, of South Carolina, to overcharge Cargill for their own benefit.
Robert Waldon John Anderson, 67, on May 6 pleaded guilty to one count of conversion of Commodity Credit Corporation security. U.S. District Judge Nancy E. Brasel sentenced Anderson to three years of probation, 150 hours of community service and restitution of $1,403,578.40.
Robert Blom was sentenced to serve his time in a prison as close to South Dakota as possible, in an effort to be close to family
Robert Blom was sentenced to serve his time in a prison as close to South Dakota as possible, in an effort to be close to family
South Dakota prosecutors have charged the former manager of the McIntosh-Watauga Equity Exchange with embezzling nearly $50,000 from 2016 to 2020. They say the former manager of the small grain elevator co-op also violated requirements for reporting financial condition to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

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Two people were killed and one was injured after an employee who had been fired from a Nebraska grain elevator returned with a gun.
The Class A felony theft charge against Brian W. Gader will be dismissed if he pays $227,103.02 owed to Lake Region Livestock and commits no new offenses within the next year.
Napoleon, North Dakota, cattle buyer Brian Gader faces numerous legal challenges, including a theft charge in a cattle deal, has lost his license to purchase cattle and is accused of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. With debts in the millions, Gader, 65, says he is "working on" his issues.

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