Woman pleads guilty in grazing land case – South Dakota News

Woman pleads guilty in grazing land case – South Dakota News

By Elisa Sand
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A Roberts County woman has admitted to felony conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a case involving the inability to follow through with agreements related to Marshall County land that was advertised for grazing.

Amanda Holy Bull, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court on June 14. She and Keith Hagen were indicted in February 2016. Hagen, then 46, has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is set to begin June 20 at the federal courthouse in Aberdeen. His trial begins June 26.

According to court documents, Hagen and Holy Bull created Holy Bull Cattle Co. in 2005. The company offered custom cattle grazing services using pasture leased through the Sisseton agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The two placed advertisements in 2012-13 promoting full-service cattle grazing service. Cattle producers who responded paid in advance, according to court paperwork, but were not allowed to graze for the full season, if at all, and no refunds were issued.

According to court documents, the activity continued in 2013-14. In that instance, Hagen is accused of responding to advertisements in an agriculture publication placed by people seeking grazing land while knowing he couldn’t provide the full service. Again, court paperwork indicates, cattle producers paid in advance, but were not permitted to graze for the full season, if at all, and no refunds were given.

Holy Bull is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30. She deposited checks from cattle producers who signed contracts with the company.

Hagen and Holy Bull originally faced eight felony charges each: conspiracy, three counts of…

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