Hennessy Charged With Mail Fraud; Released On Home Monitoring

Hennessy Charged With Mail Fraud; Released On Home Monitoring Click to Enlarge

A criminal complaint formally charging 56 year old Jerry Hennessey with sending fraudulently obtained money through the U.S. mail was handed down from Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint and a law enforcement affidavit, from 2003 through at least September of 2018, Hennessey defrauded the Ashby Farmers’ Co-Operative Elevator Company in Ashby, Minnesota, for his own expenses. The co-op discovered multiple checks written by Hennessey to himself for over $40,000 and including a check for $135,000. The criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that on January 27, 2017, Hennessey mailed a check via U.S. mail in the amount of $34,166.67 from the co-ops’ account for a partial payment toward the purchase of hunting property in Kanabec County.

According to the affidavit, after the co-op identified the suspicious payments, they requested Hennessey meet with them on the morning of September 10th. Hennessey did not show up for the meeting and instead met a friend who ultimately drove Hennessey to Des Moines, Iowa. Two of Hennessey’s acquaintances who were interviewed by law enforcement indicated that Hennessey told them that he taken money from his employer and was in a lot of trouble.

After the initial court appearance Hennessy was released by the court with numerous conditions. Hennessy’s location will be electronically monitored and he cannot leave Minnesota without permission from his probation officer.

Multiple agencies assisted in the case including the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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