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Former employee of Fergus Falls dealership sentenced for police agency swindle

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A former auto dealership employee accused in a fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars swindled from police agencies was ordered Thursday, July 19, to serve five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail.

Gerald Worner, the former fleet manager at Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty in May in Otter Tail County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle.

The jail time he received Thursday can be served as community service or work release. He must also pay $1,112 in fines and fees, according to court records.

Nelson Auto Center immediately fired Worner after discovering that police agencies across Minnesota were overcharged by as much as $700,000 over five years. The discovery led to Moorhead police being reimbursed over $4,000 and the Clay County Sheriff's Office getting $7,000.