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Co-op Suit Seeks $9.8M from Former Manager, Wife

Ashby Farmers Co-op, Minnesota, details nearly $5M in unauthorized amounts by former general manager


Both the grain elevator general manager and his wife went on an Australian safari hunt within 30 days of a multi-million fraud that forced the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative to sell out and dissolve, officials say in a complaint.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the elevator’s lawyer, Erik Ahlgren, of Fergus Falls, on Oct. 16 filed a civil complaint with Grant County District Court asking for $9.8 million in actual and punitive damages.

The co-op details $4,900,186.72 in unauthorized amounts by former general manager Jerry Hennessey. It says his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Hennessey, “knowingly received the benefits” and also is responsible.

Read the full report here.

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