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AUSTIN EDITION - Swindle case is resolved in court

A 57-year-old Grand Meadow man was sentenced to 45 days in jail after being found guilty of one count of theft by swindle.

Gary Arnold Keim of 311 N. Main St., Grand Meadow, was sentenced before Mower District Judge Fred Wellmann on Jan. 7. Keim also was ordered to pay $5,740 in restitution and $70 in court fines and must write a letter of apology to the victim, undergo a mental evaluation and provide a DNA sample to the department of corrections.

According to the criminal complaint, a man from California responded to an Internet advertisement and sent Keim a $5,000 check to purchase a semi.

When the man arrived to pick up the semi, Keim demanded another $7,500 be paid in cash, court records show.

The buyer told authorities that he had a mechanic look at the semi, and the mechanic said the semi was totaled and not worth $5,000, the complaint said.

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The buyer tried to stop payment on the check, but the check already had been cashed at First State Bank of LeRoy.

According to the complaint, police talked to the bank president, who said Keim opened an account, deposited a $5,000 cashier's check and four days later withdrew the money.

During the Jan. 7 sentencing hearing, Keim told the judge there were so many discrepancies in the case that he didn't have much to say.

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