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Guilty plea in Grand Rapids bank fraud case

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - The former owner of a car dealership in Grand Rapids has pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

Jodi Anne Montavon, 47,  is charged with defrauding American Bank of the North of $1.5 million. A federal indictment says Montavon exaggerated the cost of vehicles at her Ford dealership so she could borrow more money than the cars were worth. It also says Montavon was selling financed vehicles without promptly repaying the money advanced by the bank to buy them.

The Duluth News Tribune says the court ordered a presentence investigation. The maximum penalty for bank fraud is 30 years in prison.

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