N.D. cattle producer won’t face insurance fraud charges

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A McIntosh County cattleman already charged with three counts of animal mistreatment will not be charged with insurance fraud for claiming more than 100 dead cattle on his property were killed after an encounter with wild dogs.

The North Dakota man, James Schnabel, was charged last week for animal mistreatment when investigators found over 100 cattle on his property died of starvation. Schnabel filed an insurance claim stating his animals died from trampling and suffocation when they were spooked by wild dogs.

Schnabel faced charges of Class B felony criminal attempt at theft of property and Class A misdemeanor committing a fraudulent insurance act, but The Bismarck Tribune reports those charges were dismissed Tuesday at the request of Acting Logan County State's Attorney Gerald Kuhn, who was prosecuting the case.

According to the Associated Press, conflicting evidence and Schnabel’s lack of a criminal history and guilty pleas last week were the reason the remaining charges were dismissed.

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