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Man and Wife Face Joint Trial, Accused of Construction Scam

Arrest affidavits say the two took more than $41,000 from a local farmer.

Thu April 30, 2015 - National Edition
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A man and wife will be tried together in a Nebraska courtroom, accused of fraudulently taking money from a farmer for an outbuilding that never was built.
A man and wife will be tried together in a Nebraska courtroom, accused of fraudulently taking money from a farmer for an outbuilding that never was built.

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A man and wife will be tried together in a Nebraska courtroom, accused of fraudulently taking money from a farmer for an outbuilding that never was built.

The York News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1HZCmvj ) that Judge James Stecker agreed Monday to order a joint trial for 46-year-old Karla Nelson and her husband, 47-year-old George Nelson. They’ve both pleaded not guilty to felony theft.

Arrest affidavits say the two took more than $41,000 from a York County farmer who had seen a magazine advertisement for Baron Builders, which the ad said erected large outbuildings. Investigators say people representing themselves as employees of Baron Builders spent a day at the farm in May 2012 and erected a few wooden framing posts. They left some wooden framing materials on the ground but never returned.

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Information from: York News-Times, http://www.yorknewstimes.com