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Wadena man sentenced for theft in Becker County

John Waln (file photo)

John Daniel Waln, 33, of rural Wadena, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft — indifferent to owner rights.

He had been charged with felony theft by swindle, but the charge was amended in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on July 27, 2016, Detroit Lakes police spoke to a man who had a consignment agreement to sell his 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo street rod through Central Minnesota Motors, owned by Waln.

On July 22, the man drove to Detroit Lakes to pick up his car for a car show. An employee at Central Minnesota Motors told him the car had an oil leak. The man found there was no oil pressure in the engine when he attempted to start the car. He said there hadn't been an oil leak when he dropped it off in May of 2016.

The man told Waln that the business had ruined his car. Waln told him he would buy the car from him and wrote him a check for $14,500.

The man went home and got a call from a Central Minnesota Motors employee informing him that the business was not going to honor the check Waln had just issued. It was declined at the bank the next day.

Waln told the man his consignment agreement ran until Aug. 4 and he was concerned about the man cashing the check before then. On Aug. 9 the man demanded payment, but never received any.

On Aug. 13, District Judge Jay Carlson continued the case for dismissal. Restitution has been paid, and Waln was ordered to have no same or similar offenses and write a letter of apology to the victim. He was placed on unsupervised probation for one year.