Marion couple charged over 2015 auction

Beechy’s LLC still owes $388,725

Warren Bluhm,

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14 in Oconto County Circuit Court regarding a motion to combine the trials of a couple accused of theft in a business setting in connection with a 2015 auction.

Leroy and Mary Beechy, who own and operate Beechy’s Dairy Cattle Auctions LCC auctioneers in Marion, are accused of using much of the proceeds of a farm auction for their personal and business use.

Proceeds of an auction for Nerfarms were supposed to be paid to farm owner James L. Nerenhausen Jr.

Leroy F. Beechy, 47, was charged June 1, 2017, with theft in a business setting and issuing a worthless check. The case was about to go to trial in August when it emerged that Mary E. Beechy, 46, is alleged to have issued the worthless check that began the dispute, court records indicate. The trial was suspended, Mary Beechy was charged with the same crimes last month, and prosecutors were granted permission to file revised information against her husband.

According to court records:

Nerenhausen hired Beechy’s to conduct the auction, which took place Nov. 11-12, 2015. The sale grossed $655,775 with a net of $590,725 to Nerfarms after costs and commissions were subtracted. Beechy’s issued a check for $577,234 on Dec. 17, 2015.

However, the check was returned for insufficient funds, and Nerenhausen demanded full restitution. He was paid $100,000 on Feb. 9, 2016, and another $102,000 a month later, leaving a balance of $388,725.

On April 7, 2016, Nerfarms filed suit for the unpaid balance, and Oconto County Circuit Judge Jay N. Conley issued a default judgment in July 2016 ordering Beechy’s to pay the remaining amount.

With the full outstanding balance still unpaid, prosecutors filed the criminal charges against Leroy Beechy on June 1, 2017, and he pleaded not guilty five months later. The trial was originally set for April 18, then postponed to Aug. 1, when it was adjourned on a prosecution motion.

Mary Beechy was charged Oct. 10, and Conley granted the state’s motion to file amended information against her husband Oct. 22.