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Hired hand charged with stealing, selling grain

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 26 2013 07:48:22 AM MST
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

 A hired hand from Cut Bank is charged with selling $450,000 worth of grain over the past three years despite not owning any cropland.
    
The Great Falls Tribune reports  41-year-old Mark Benjamin pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony theft of property by embezzlement during a Dec. 16 hearing in District Court in Cut Bank. His bail was set at $250,000.
    
The Glacier County sheriff's office said Benjamin's employer reported that he was missing between 10,000 and 20,000 bushels of grain. An investigation found that Benjamin had been selling grain in his own name since 2010.
    
State records show Benjamin was convicted of six counts of theft and two counts of burglary between 1994 and 2001. He was on probation at the time of his arrest.