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Ashby Farmers Co-Op Elevator Sues Taxidermist

Jerry Hennessey paid over $500,000 in elevator funds to Taxidermy Unlimited Inc.

Creditors of the former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator are suing taxidermists for a half-million dollars, claiming they should have realized former elevator manager Jerry Hennessey was improperly paying for mounting trophies using co-op checks, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

The lawsuit asks taxidermist Marvin Gaston, his wife Betty Gaston, and their company, Taxidermy Unlimited Inc. of Burnsville, MN, to pay back $514,435.07 in unauthorized payments from the co-op.

The taxidermist suit adds some detail to an extraordinary grain industry fraud committed by Hennessey, 56, who is now serving an eight-year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.

Between 2013 and 2017, Hennessey wrote $416,245 in co-op checks payable personally to Marvin Gaston. The 12 checks internally were labeled as corn, soybeans or seed and were for up to $75,000 each.

Read the full report here.

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