Posted: Monday, 20 May 2013 7:24AM

Theft Swindle in Kasota

KASOTA (TEC News) - After a four month long investigation, authorities have filed felony, theft by swindle charges against a Kasota woman. 60-year-old Ruth Ann Dutler tried to negotiate with two individuals about lending her money to buy back her foreclosed home. Dutler's brother, Cole VanHorn of Montgomery reported the incident to the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office in December. Dutler asked to borrow approximately $300,000. She claimed she had a deal with Chankaska Creek Winery to purchase some of her land for an estimated $340,000 and would pay VanHorn back. An agreement was made that Dutler would also sign a Warranty Deed that would transfer ownership to VanHorn to pay off two banks before the redemption period expired. In the midst of that, VanHorn found out that Dutler's daughter Struther also was asked to do the same thing. In both cases, Dutler never planned to convey ownership to either, swindling the two out of close to $300,000. In January, Dutler's home in Kasota caught fire and was destroyed. Investigations continue into the cause. A summons will be issued on June 11th at 8:30 a.m. for Dutler.

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People : Cole VanHornRuth Ann DutlerStruther