Andy Jaeger sentenced on felony swindle charge

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Andy Lynn Jaeger, 52, Benson, pled guilty to felony theft by swindle and was sentenced in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court Feb. 28 to 21 months at the state prison in St. Cloud.

He was also sentenced to 75 days in Swift County Jail and ordered to pay $63,361 in restitution to those from whom he swindled.

The sentence to prison in St. Cloud was stayed for 20 years on the following conditions:

  • He pays the $63,361 in restitution with minimum payments of $125 per month.
  • He completes 500 hours of community service work starting Jan. 1, 2019.  The community service hours may be deferred if “you are working or are looking for work, or have made the $125 per month payment.” He is to sign an agreement to relinquish wages to pay the monthly restitution and relinquish any tax returns he receives until the restitution requirement has been met.
  • He is to get a job that has him working at least 10 hours a week. Further, he is to provide his probation agent with a job log listing at least five job contacts on applications or references. If he is unable to work, he has to show medical verification.
  • He is not to ask anyone for money unless it is a bank.
  • He is to write a letter of apology to those he swindled and have no other contact with them.
  • He can’t possess firearms, or ammunition or vote until civil rights are restored. He must have a mental health evaluation. He can’t leave the state without court permission, and he must cooperate with any search of himself, or his property.
  •  He also must pay $140 in court fees and fines, and remain law abiding.

If Jaeger violates any of the conditions of his sentence over the next 20 years, he could be sent to state prison. He was facing a maximum penalty of $100,000 fine and 20 years in jail before his plea agreement.

Jaeger, who was prosecuted by Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson, was accused of swindling a friend out of the money by playing on his emotions claiming he had cancer, couldn’t afford the treatments, and would be cut off if he couldn’t come up with the money to pay his bills....


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