2 Charged In Alleged Illegal Cattle Deals

2 Charged In Alleged Illegal Cattle Deals

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Two St. Lawrence County residents are accused of selling cattle that one of them allegedly paid for with bad checks.

St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies say 45 year old Robert Bell of DeKalb bought cattle from local Amish farmers using checks written on closed accounts.

Deputies say Bell and 38 year old Tabitha Kirkpatrick, also of DeKalb, sold the cattle under Kirkpatrick's name at the Northern New York Farmers' Marketing Cooperative in Lowville.

Bell was charged with two counts of first-degree scheme to defraud, a felony, and fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Parishville town court and released on his own recognizance.

Kirkpatrick was ticketed for fifth-degree conspiracy and will appear in DeKalb town court at a later date.

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