Owner of Dorchester Grain ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    You would complain too, if you were the one that got hundreds of thousands of dollars ripped from you. And, we have every right to say what we want. It's America,weather YOU like it or not, we have freedom of speech. Deal with it!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    WOW! You would think these people on here that are commenting on here never make mistakes! He made a mistake and he has to pay for it, whether you people like it or not how it came out, stop complaining about it
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    i would just like to make a public service announcement....it is morally okay to steal from enemies that steal from you. such as the i.r.s. or federal reserve bank....taxes are stealing, but they've got you trained. i hardly ever hear you whiny people cry about all the money the FED steals from you every year. because you think it is normal, and you are so used to it you never question it. it is unconstitutional and immoral. oh. i forgot. ignorance and apathy have already killed the constitution. lets just pick on this guy then. he is a much easier target.
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Feb 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    I heard the pigs disappeared the day this story broke.
  • by high roller on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    What about all the high dollar pigs he bought over the years at all these pig sales. Im sure the farmers never thought they were purchasing his familys projects and feedin them...and by the way are the pigs hid out somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Not Getting Any on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    Its easy being charitable with other people's money. Steel millions, pay back .4 million. Sounds like a great deal to me. Where is the rest of the money? What about his other assets? Did he have to forfeit any of his property, give up any of his vehicles? The farmers he cheated will when the bill collector comes to their door. They won't get the same "good ol boy" deal the high roller got.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    "Him and his family can enjoy life????" This is refering to a comment on down the page. You are right, they will be enjoying life, high on the hog with other people's money!! Stealing is stealing, and there is NOTHING commendable, great,or remarkable about it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:06 AM
    Well, if you think he is so great, let him steal YOUR money!!! You would feel differently if he was stealing from you and taking money that feeds your family and gives them a roof over their head!! You need to grow up! People work hard for their money and then someone can just take it from you and then try and cover it up. That is BS and you are just the kind of person that he wishes he could have had business with. Let him steal you blind and then see how you feel! If he stole from people, that's all I need to know!
  • by anonymous Location: grayson on Feb 10, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    I guess thier is a different set of laws for white collar thiefs.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    yeah he really sounds like a great man and for all his charitable donations they should thank the farmers he stole it from.
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