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Bertha man pleads guilty to bank theft in federal court

A 67-year-old Bertha man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in St. Paul to stealing $80,000 from the bank where he was the vice president and branch manager.

According to the federal plea agreement, Kenneth Marlyn Ashbaugh admitted that from Jan. 1, 2011, through around Sept. 10, 2011, he intentionally stole about $80,000 from Star Bank in Bertha. Ashbaugh also admitted that during the same period he fraudulently obtained loans from the bank by misrepresenting either the identity of the individual applying for the loan or the applicant’s ability to repay the loan.

The one count of bank theft carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a supervised release term or no more than three years; a fine of up to $250,000; and a payment mandatory restitution in the amount to be determined by the court.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Todd County Sheriff’s Office investigated the bank theft. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen.

Todd County Sheriff Office reported that Ashbaugh’s sentencing will be held sometime in June.

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