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Charges dropped against Rassbach, for now

St. Croix County prosecutors have dropped forgery and theft charges against a fuel delivery company owner accused of bilking farmers.

That's because the case involves multiple counties and jurisdictions and as a result, the state attorney general's office will handle it.

John Rassbach of Rassbach Oil in Glenwood City was due in a Hudson courtroom Jan. 9 on a felony charge of forgery and four misdemeanor theft counts.

Authorities said Rassbach gave farmers less heating oil and diesel than they actually purchased, in part by pumping it back into his tanks before he arrived at the farms in August and September.

Because of that, the company's gauges reportedly showed that gallons were pumped before he arrived at a farm and farmers then unwittingly paid more for the fuel and oil they actually received.

A plea agreement had reportedly been in the works in November.