A lawsuit was filed this week in Grant County District Court in Elbow Lake by creditors of the former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator, who are suing a taxidermy company in Burnsville for a half-million dollars, claiming the company should have realized former elevator manager Jerry Hennessey was improperly paying for mounting trophies using co-op checks.

As reported in the Alexandria Echo Press, the lawsuit asks that taxidermist Marvin Gaston, his wife Betty Gaston, and their company, Taxidermy Unlimited Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota pay back $514,435.07 in unauthorized payments from the co-op. The 56 year old Hennessey is serving an eight year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina for making some $5.4 million in unauthorized payments from co-op accounts, much of it spent on big-game hunting trips around the world and taxidermy services. Hennessey was also ordered to pay back $5.3 million in restitution.

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