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Published July 13 2009

Grand Forks trucking company loses appeal in odometer fraud case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An appeals court has ruled against a Grand Forks trucking company that lost an odometer fraud case.

Senske and Son Transfer was accused in federal court of changing mileage on the odometers of two trucks with the intent to defraud. A jury ordered the company to pay nearly $250,000 in costs and attorneys fees.

Senske claimed in its appeal that the jury award was not supported by the evidence, and said the legal fees were excessive. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those arguments in a ruling posted Monday.

Iowa-based Farmers Cooperative Co. had filed suit last year after tests showed that two used trucks it purchased from Senske had about 200,000 miles more than the odometers showed.