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Associated Press, Published July 02 2013

ND man accused of fraud in dead cattle case

BISMARCK — A McIntosh County man charged with starving to death more than 100 cattle now also stands accused of making false statements to insurance agents.

Forty-four-year-old James Schnabel earlier this year pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals. He's scheduled to stand trial in late August.

He now also is charged with a misdemeanor count of committing a fraudulent insurance act and a felony count of attempted theft. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1b37tE0 ) that he's due in court on the new charges July 22. His attorney did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment Tuesday.

Authorities allege that Schnabel submitted an insurance claim falsely stating that starved cattle had died after being chased by wild dogs.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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