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(Neb)-Embezzlement Plea Brings 10-18 Years For Hemingford Businessman

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/09/2018 11:42 PM
(ALLIANCE)-The former President/ General Manager of Prairie Sky Seeds Inc. in Hemingford has been sentenced to a pair of concurrent 10-to-18 year prison terms for embezzling more than $800,000 from the company.

      52-year-old Bradley Hansen of Alliance was originally charged with 5 felonies - 3 counts of 2nd degree forgery over $1,000 and one count each of 2nd-degree forgery over $1,500 and theft by unlawful taking over $1,500 - but accepted an agreement in January to plead guilty to one count each of forgery and theft, both for losses over $1,500.

     Prairie Sky opened a large seed cleaning and conditioning plant in Hemingford in 2014 with Hansen one of the 5 shareholders, but the following spring the shareholder who was responsible for the books discovered Hansen was pocketing checks to the company.

       According to court records, she contacted several past-due accounts and was told that they had paid by check and that the checks had cleared. The charges dealt specifically with 3 checks from Wheatland Seed totaling just under $39,000 that had been made out to Prairie Sky but had been changed with Brad Hansen listed as the payee. 

      A further investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol found that dozens of checks totaling nearly $803,000 had been deposited in Hansen's personal checking account.

     Box Butte County Attorney Travis Rodak filed charges against Hansen and he was arrested last year at the end of May. His plea agreement included a requirement that he pay more than $400,000 restitution to Prairie Sky and give up all his ownership interests in the company.

      Under Nebraska's "good time" rules, Hansen could be eligible for parole in as little as 5 years and for mandatory discharge in 9 years.


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