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Accused swindler's bail is set at $100,000

A man accused of swindling a Fergus Falls, Minn., car dealership out of $100,000 worth of vehicles and defrauding a Dilworth woman out of $15,000 in credit card charges appeared Thursday in Otter Tail County District Court.

A man accused of swindling a Fergus Falls, Minn., car dealership out of $100,000 worth of vehicles and defrauding a Dilworth woman out of $15,000 in credit card charges appeared Thursday in Otter Tail County District Court.

Steven Harold Anderson, 49, was arrested Sunday at his sister's home in Papillion, Neb., and taken to the Otter Tail County Jail Wednesday night by Otter Tail County deputies, said Steve Adams, a detective with the Fergus Falls Police Department.

At a hearing Thursday morning, Judge Thomas Stringer set bail at $100,000 cash with no conditions, or $100,000 bond or $10,000 cash on condition Anderson not leave the state and report any address changes.

If Anderson bails out of jail in Fergus Falls he will be taken to Clay County, where he would likely have to pay additional bail to stay out of jail, said Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Kurt Mortenson.

Anderson is accused in court papers of using a false name in November to acquire a 2004 Lincoln Navigator and a 2004 Ford Excursion valued at more than $100,000 from Nelson Ford in Fergus Falls.

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Nebraska authorities arrested Anderson on an Otter Tail County warrant in January and released him after he posted a $5,000 bond.

Another arrest warrant was issued when Anderson failed to appear for an extradition hearing Feb. 23.

Anderson is accused in Clay County District Court of using a Dilworth woman's credit card information to make $15,000 worth of charges in 2003.

Anderson befriended the woman, a Becker County Jail employee, while serving a sentence in Detroit Lakes, Minn., for forgery charges, according to court documents.

He told the woman he was working undercover for the federal government.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

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