A Pella Man received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges of extortion in Buena Vista County.
Thirty-six year old Scott Berning of Pella received two years probation and a five-year suspended prison sentence earlier this month at Buena Vista District Court. Berning was arrested in March following a four-month investigation after he reported to police that a laptop computer was stolen from his guest room at the King’s Pointe Resort in November of 2013. During the investigation, police learned that Berning negotiated a cash settlement with King’s Pointe for the loss of his computer. Police say he never had a laptop computer and falsified the report to police and the settlement with King’s Pointe.