Langdon man who defrauded farmers pleads guilty
A Langdon man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to defrauding farmers in an unlicensed grain company, spending the money he gained to build himself a home.
Lance Bryce Schill, 32, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Fargo on the count of felony money laundering.
According to the complaint, Schill started a construction business specializing in erecting grain bins in 2009.
Schill advertised himself as an authorized Westeel dealer, and took payments in advance to build the bins prior to harvest.
Schill was also charged locally in Pierce County with a 2010 theft, a Class B felony, as one of his victims was a farmer in the northeast part of the county.
According to the local complaint, the fraud in Pierce County was valued at $82,500 as a portion of advance payment of four grain bins and an auger.
Schill promised to have the bins delivered and erected by the time harvest would start in the late summer of 2010.
According to the complaint, Schill’s business began to fail, and he used the advance payments to pay for previous jobs that he was behind on, judgments against him and toward a house he was building.
Schill had never been a licensed Westeel dealer, but instead told authorities that he was ordering through an account of his father’s, who was an authorized dealer.
Authorities say the fraud continued until late in 2010.
Sentencing for Schill is scheduled for Aug. 29, where the court will also establish restitution for his victims.
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