March 20, 2023

Who Is Garland Nelson (Braymer Man Charged In Connection With Wisconsin Brothers Case)

Garland Nelson Biography

Garland Nelson (Garland Joseph Nelson) is a Braymer, Missouri man arrested in connection to the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers, Nick and Justin Diemel. He was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, a first-degree felony in Caldwell County, used by the two brothers.

Garland Nelson Age

Garland is 25 years old

Garland Nelson Arrest

Garland was arrested on July 26, 2019 for tampering with a rented car that was used by the Diemel’s brothers before they disappeared.

Garland Nelson Charges

Garland is being charged with tampering of with a motor vehicle, a first-degree felony, in Caldwell County. The charge stems from the search for 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel.

According to court documents, the Diemel brothers on Sunday morning left a Quality Inn off I-35 in Cameron, Missouri, and drove to an address on Catawba Road in Braymer where Nelson operates his farm. The truck then left two hours later.

44 minutes before the brothers left the farm they spoke to an employee through a phone call and they seemed ‘fine’ in that telephone call. The truck was again seen in polo, Missouri with no one in the passenger seat and then was at the commuter lot by 12:45 P.M.

It is alleged that Joey admitted to driving the brothers’ truck, leaving it in a commuter lot in Holt, Missouri where the police found the truck on Monday, empty with the keys in the ignition. However, Joey is only been accused of a vehicle charge, not directly in relation to the brothers’ disappearance.

The Diemel Brothers (Justin Diemel and Nick Diemel) Disappearance

Nicholas and Justin Diemel are brothers who disappeared on July 21, 2019 while on a business trip to look at livestock in Missouri. Nick is 35 years old while Justin is 24 years old. The two own Diemel’s Livestock near Seymour in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area.

The rental car that they were using was found at a commuter lot in Holt, MO.

“On July 22, 2019, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office regarding an abandoned vehicle located at a commuter lot in Holt, MO. This vehicle was determined to be the one driven by two missing brothers from Wisconsin, Nicholas Diemel & Justin Diemel, who reportedly travelled to Missouri for business in Caldwell and Clinton counties. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office activated a case squad to investigate the disappearance of the brothers shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, July 22.”

Diemel Livestock employee Rob Chupp told WBAY-TV that he last spoke with the brothers while they were at the farm and they were supposed to return home a few hours after that.

According to KMBC the two brothers arrived at Nelson’s farm, according to the truck’s GPS, at 9:30 a.m. and left just over two hours later.

According to Nick’s wife, Lisa Diemel where she last spoke with Nick, he was headed to a client’s farm to discuss business. According to her “farmers in Missouri and Indiana and other states raise cattle for Diemel’s Livestock.”

Garland Nelson Previous Charges

Garland had previously been convicted for cattle fraud charges. In 2016, according to the Department of Justice news release, Nelson was sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole for a cattle fraud scheme that resulted in losses of more than $262,000 to his victims. He was also ordered to pay $262,450 in restitution to his victims.

“The court also ordered Nelson to pay $262,450 in restitution to his victims, including the USDA Farm Service Agency, Cyclone Cattle Company and individual victims. The government may enforce restitution and the recovery of government property under lien at any time. Nelson must report to the Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 21, 2016, to begin serving his sentence. On Nov. 30, 2015, Nelson pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme using property mortgaged or pledged to farm credit agencies. Nelson engaged in a three-part fraud scheme that caused a combined loss of $262,450.”

The release lists “Loan Fraud: $138,452,” and says that Nelson admitted to engaging in a scheme to sell at least 114 mortgaged head of cattle that were pledged to the Farm Service Agency (FSA), without notifying FSA of the sales.

“Nelson admitted that he engaged in a scheme to sell at least 114 mortgaged head of cattle that were pledged to the Farm Service Agency (FSA), without notifying FSA of the sales, from April 1, 2013, through June 2014. He did not instruct purchasers to address proceeds checks to the FSA as well as to him, and he did not remit the bulk of the sale proceeds to FSA, as was required by the terms of his loans. Instead, Nelson admitted that he kept the funds for his personal use.

He received two livestock operating loans in April 2013 totaling $158,000 for the limited purpose of buying and raising cattle. In violation of the express terms of his loans, and with fraudulent intent, Nelson conducted livestock sales from April 2013 to July 2014 under the name ‘Joey Nelson’ to avoid detection. He conducted other sales in the name of a friend to further conceal his involvement. His friend then transferred the proceeds to Nelson.

He ceased making repayments on his FSA loans as of Jan. 12, 2015. His outstanding principal balance is $138,452, plus applicable interest and penalties. Nelson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 25, 2015.”

The release also adds that Nelson schemed to remove identification from cattle that were owned by others; “Nelson also schemed to remove identification from cattle that was owned by others but placed in his care to graze. Nelson removed identification tags from 646 head of cattle that belonged to others, and commingled these cattle with his own and with those owned by his neighbor and landlord, in order to sell livestock undetected. He sold those cattle for his own benefit, for a total loss to three victims of $124,000.”

Garland Nelson Bankruptcy

In 2015 Garland had filed for bankruptcy “Chapter: 7. Financials: assets, $179,243; liabilities, $192,503. Garland Joseph Nelson, dba Nelson Farms, Braymer, Mo.”. The creditors listed in the documents include farm credit services agencies, veterinary services, other farms, and a tractor company. His personal property included clothes and a checking account with $786 in it. He also owned a vehicle and some farming equipment. Under “cash on hand,” he listed $10.