fORMER ELEVATOR OPERATOR SURRENDERS TO FRAUD CHARGES

A federal fugitive Minnesota elevator manager has turned himself in. Jerry Hennessey, the fugitive manager of the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative turned himself in to federal authorities after formal charges were filed on Monday. Prosecutors say Hennessey used millions of dollars of elevator funds to help pay for big-game hunting trips. Hennessey had turned himself in but federal authorities late in the day could not confirm this. The 56 year old Hennessey is charged with mail fraud. Prosecutors say he ripped off the co-op since 2003, and spent $500,000 for taxidermy alone. They also say he wrote checks from the elevator to individuals in the taxidermy and hunting industry, labeling the money as paying for corn, soybeans or other commodities, and that he wrote more than $1.1 million in checks to himself.