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Former Sebeka councilman looking at another felony

Randy Pickar

SEBEKA -- A former Sebeka city councilman is in trouble with the law again.

Randy Lee Pickar, 54, now of Marshall, Minn., was charged Jan. 22 in Wadena County District Court with wrongfully obtaining assistance, a felony.

On Nov. 22, a deputy responded to a report from a county fraud prevention investigator regarding the fraudulent receipt of public benefits by Randy Lee Pickar between February 2008 and June 2009. Through that time period, Pickar received a total of $11,917.99 in cash assistance, food stamps and medical assistance, according to the investigator.

At the time, Pickar owned assets including a race car, trailer and motor home which he failed to list as assets on his application for benefits. The value of the assets exceeded $1,000, which would have made Pickar ineligible for assistance.

When a sheriff's deputy talked to Pickar, he allegedly admitted owning the race car and trailer, even though the car was registered in his brother's name. According to court records, Pickar said he would pay the county back for the benefits received, and that he knew it was wrong but didn't want to go to jail.

Pickar was sentenced in 2009 on a kidnapping charge and a theft charge. He was also convicted of selling the city's scrap metal for personal gain.

Pickar was elected to the Sebeka City Council in November 2006 and took office in January 2007. After the theft charges involving city property arose, he submitted a written resignation to the council, which was accepted April 8, 2008.