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Northwest Minnesota man admits to writing $300K bad check for cattle in South Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. — A Minnesota man has admitted to using a $300,000 bad check to buy more than 200 cattle.

Jason Langerud, 39, of Hawley, Minn., pleaded guilty to felony theft by insufficient funds. The charge stems from December 2017 when Langerud wrote a bad check for $300,000 to purchase 205 head of cattle from a Brown County man.

The two men entered an agreement in 2015 that detailed how they would split proceeds from the annual sale of calves. It called for a 70-30 split of the proceeds, with Langerud getting the majority because the cattle were on his land. But he did not pay the other man in 2016 or 2017, according to court paperwork.

When the Brown County man decided to sell the cattle last year, Langerud was given the first opportunity to buy them, said Ernest Thompson, deputy state's attorney for Brown County. That's when Langerud wrote the bad check, Thompson said.

Langerud received a 10-year suspended prison sentence, but must serve 30 days in jail with credit for six days served. He was placed on probation for five years, fined $104 and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.