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FRAUD

A trial in the crop insurance/farm program fraud case against Kent Pfaff and his farm near Falkirk, North Dakota, in McLean County, has been delayed to start Oct. 18, 2022, because of its complexity. If convicted, Pfaff faces up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
Brian Gader, a livestock marketer, from Napoleon, North Dakota, has consented to the federal Packers and Stockyards Act officials who claim he failed to pay $700,000, for cattle in a timely fashion. An administrative law judge suspended in his federal registration under the act for 10 years.
Kent Pfaff, who runs Pfaff Farms, based in the Washburn-Falkirk area in North Dakota, has been released on his own recognizance in a federal crop insurance fraud case. He has pleaded not guilty.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has indicted Kent Pfaff, a Washburn, North Dakota, area farmer for federal crop insurance fraud.

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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
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.
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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Kevan Nelson farmed in Becker and Clay counties, reporting corn and soybeans losses in 2018 and 2019.
Citing “criminal mentality” and “lack of remorse,” Circuit Judge Kent A. Shelton sentenced Jared and Tami Steffensen each to terms of five years in state prisons and made them liable for restitution of $4,966,491.80 to farmers, as well as other costs.
Robert Blom, 59, of Corsica, South Dakota, will be sentenced in November.

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