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Ashby Elevator Manager Fled to 'Get His Head Clear'

Lawyer for man accused in $5M theft said he never left the country

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The Dalton, MN, man accused of stealing nearly $5 million from a small-town grain elevator fled Minnesota earlier this fall and hid out for three months “to get his head clear,” his lawyer said Thursday.

The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis attorney Thomas Kelly said Jerry Hennessey, the former manager of the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. in Ashby, MN, never left the country after skipping town Sept. 10, but he wouldn’t disclose details on Hennessey’s whereabouts after he vanished.

Hennessey, 56, turned himself in to federal authorities on Tuesday and was charged in U.S. District Court with a single count of mail fraud. He and his wife, Rebecca, also face a lawsuit in Grant County alleging that they stole more than $4.9 million over the past 15 years from the grain elevator that Hennessey managed for nearly 30 years.

Read the full report at the Star Tribune.

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