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Petters’ Associate Vennes Pleads Guilty

A former associate of convicted Minnesota businessman Tom Petters has pleaded guilty to lying to investors in a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme.

02/01/2013

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More Than 4 Years In Prison For Investor Fraud

A federal judge in Minnesota has sentenced a Colorado man to more than four years in prison for scamming investors out of $7 million.

01/30/2013

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Man Pleads Not Guilty In Synthetic Drug Case

A Texas man accused of selling controlled substances used to make the synthetic hallucinogenic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area has pleaded not guilty.

01/29/2013

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American Indian Gang Trio Face Racketeering Trial

Three members of a violent American Indian gang are facing trial in what prosecutors say is one of the largest gang cases to come out of Indian Country.

01/22/2013

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Man Gets 21 Years In Large Drug Trafficking Operation

A 45-year-old St. Paul man was sentenced to 21 years in prison in St. Paul federal court on Monday for his role in a large drug trafficking operation in Minnesota between 2005 and October of 2010.

11/27/2012

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Defense: Case Against Somali Terror Suspect Faulty

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of helping supply fighters to a terror group in Somalia says the government’s case is built on the testimony of corrupt witnesses.

10/17/2012

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Minn. Witness Describes Early Al-Shabab Recruiting

A Minnesota man who spent two months with a terrorist group in his native Somalia told a jury Tuesday that another man on trial for allegedly helping funnel recruits to the group gave money to buy weapons for fighters.

10/09/2012

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Albert Lea Man Sentenced For Child Porn

A 33-year-old Albert Lea man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for possessing approximately 5,700 images of child pornography as well as receiving a video containing similar material.

09/04/2012

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Woman Gets Probation In Embezzlement Case

A 29-year-old woman was sentenced to two years probation in Minneapolis Federal Court on Monday for embezzling more than $25,000 from the Social Security office she worked at.

08/07/2012

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Former Marshall Bank Employee Admits Theft

A Belview woman has pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge for stealing from customers of the Marshall bank where she worked.

08/07/2012

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Man Gets 30 Months In Identity Theft Case

A 57-year-old Deer Creek man was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison last Thursday in Minneapolis Federal Court in connection with a case where he tried to use another man’s identity for a passport.

07/30/2012

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Two Mpls. Women Charged With Stealing More Than $1M

Two Minneapolis women were charged Thursday in Minneapolis federal court with stealing more than $1 million from the ING life insurance company.

07/26/2012

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New Charges Filed In Native Mob Murder Case

A member of the Native Mob gang in Minneapolis is facing new murder charges after an indictment was filed in Minneapolis Federal Court late last week.

07/24/2012

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Man Gets 14-Plus Years For Carjacking Taxi

A 45-year-old man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison late last week in Minneapolis Federal Court for carjacking a taxi in a Jan. 29, 2011 incident.

07/23/2012

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4 More Charges For Petters Associate; Total Now 28

The former associate of disgraced Minnesota businessman Tom Petters now faces additional federal charges in connection with Petter’s $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme.

07/12/2012

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