SHERMAN, TX - The owner of a grain elevator in Sherman pleaded guilty today to two felony charges and now must pay farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.
The Dorchester Grain Elevator was shut down by the Texas Department of Agriculture in November of 2009 after serious inconsistencies were discovered by a state inspector. After a ten month investigation, the owner of the business, 67-year-old Howe resident John Dale Chumbley, pleaded guilty to fraudulent issuance of a receipt and to interference with an inspection, both felonies.
Chumbley was sentenced to ten years of probation and fined nearly half a million dollars.
"Part of the agreement is that we received on behalf of the victims a check for $400,000, which will be distributed by the District Attorney's Office. There are other sums of restitution that are still owed," assistant district attorney Brett Smith said.
The State Attorney General's Office, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.