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November 12, 2019 | AgWeek

Co-op Manager Feels Hanson Deserves “Maximum Penalty” for Grain Fraud

Says Hunter Hanson's time should fit the hit on victims

Brian Larson is general manager of the Co-op Elevator of McClusky, ND — ground zero for elevators that took a big hit with the Hunter Hanson grain scam in 2018, reports AgWeek.

Hanson, 22, was sentenced to 8 years on Tuesday after pleading guilty to fraud and wire fraud charges and has agreed to pay $11.1 million in restitution for defrauding farmers in a Ponzi scheme.

Larson's business was hit for $768,370.40, accounting for 126,110 bushels of hard red spring wheat.

"I think he should receive the maximum allowable penalty," Larson told AgWeek. "You go through the whole range of emotions, the anger. My board of directors believed the way I handled it was proper."

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