A Herman farmer is facing federal conspiracy charges for colluding with two employees of the CHS grain elevator in Herman to get paid for more grain than he was delivering. The Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported that the government is seeking over $355,000 in a money judgement and a right to other forfeitures against 36 year old Bryan Dallas Crandall.
Minneapolis-based U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery had scheduled Crandall for an initial court appearance for Friday, June 18, but the proceeding was delayed on June 17, the day Crandall’s mother died. In court documents, Crandall is being accused of fraudulently inflating the records of his delivery of corn and soybean between 2013 and 2017 and having the two co-conspirators make manual entries in the elevator computer that caused Crandall to be paid for more grain than what was actually delivered. After receiving the overpayments, say prosecutors, Crandall “shared the proceeds” with the conspirators with bank transfers and giving them cash and property, including vehicles and firearms. Crandall is being represented by Steven Schleicher of Maslon Law in Minneapolis.
In a separate state case in Traverse County, state prosecutors are charging Crandall with two counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in a case involving illegal modifications on purchased farmland on a contract-for-deed. That case has an expected trial date of 8:30 a.m. July 27 in Wheaton.