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Parkston farmer awarded $1 million in fraud case

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OLIVET (AP) -- A Parkston farmer has been awarded more than $1 million against a former Watertown cattle seller for misrepresenting the origin of a shipment of cattle to his farm.

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A Hutchinson County jury awarded farmer Curtis Huether $100,000 in damages and $1 million in punitive damages against David Bisson.

Huether accused Bisson of misrepresenting the origin of a shipment of cattle to his farm in 2008, which resulted in Huether's cattle being quarantined for about eight months.

A call to a phone listing for Bisson rang unanswered.

The jury also found that an Iowa trucking company committed civil conspiracy in the case.

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