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Blom accused of writing bad six-figure check for cattle

The Douglas County courthouse. (Republic file photo)
The Douglas County courthouse. (Republic file photo)

ARMOUR -- Criminal charges were filed last week against the Corsica man involved in a multi-million-dollar foreclosure suit.

An arrest warrant for 57-year-old Robert Blom was signed out of Douglas County on July 18 in connection with allegations that Blom passed a bad check worth $105,722.43 in January. The Douglas County charge is the first criminal charge brought against Blom in South Dakota with relation to cattle.

Blom and his wife, Becky Blom, are involved in a foreclosure case involving more than two dozen parties and potentially more than 30,000 head of cattle, which was filed by First Dakota National Bank in February.

The complaint filed against Blom alleges that on Jan. 23 — about two weeks before the foreclosure suit was filed — Blom wrote a check for a cattle payment in the amount of $105,722.43. When the Alpena man to whom the check was written attempted to cash it, there were allegedly insufficient funds to process the transaction.

Blom is charged with one count of grand theft by insufficient funds of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $30,000.

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He pleaded not guilty in May to a North Dakota charge of an additional $134,837 bounced check.

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