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Published November 02, 2012, 11:30 AM

North Dakota businessman sentenced for defrauding farmers

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who pleaded guilty to defrauding farmers has been given until March 6 to repay more than $237,000 or face up to three years in prison.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who pleaded guilty to defrauding farmers has been given until March 6 to repay more than $237,000 or face up to three years in prison.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Northeast Central District Judge Lee Christofferson handed down the sentence to Michael Jelle this week.

Jelle did business out of Maddock as "The Dryer Guy." He was charged in September 2011 with felony theft for allegedly collecting money from farmers without delivering grain dryers and other equipment.

State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem late last year ordered Jelle to stop doing business in North Dakota. Jelle pleaded guilty about two months ago to reduced charges of misdemeanor theft.

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