North Dakota cattle buyer faces felony theft charge for bounced check, owes millions in debts


By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek (ND)

Oct. 11, 2021


DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota — A North Dakota cattle buyer faces a Class A felony theft charge for failing to pay for cattle in Ramsey County, but that case is just one piece of a financial puzzle that includes a Nebraska cattle company, a South Dakota bank and a Wisconsin bonding company.


Brian Wayne Gader, of Napoleon, North Dakota, is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 14 in Devils Lake. Class A felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.


Gader, through his lawyer, Irvin B. Nodland, of Bismarck, North Dakota, has pleaded not guilty to the theft charge. Nodland declined comment to Agweek, saying he never comments on cases.


Gader is accused of bouncing a check for over $200,000 to Jim Ziegler, owner of Lake Region Livestock of Devils Lake, in December 2020.


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