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(Willmar MN-) A Willmar man accused of swindling charitable organizations around the country pleaded not guilty to 6 charges of Theft by Swindle in Kandiyohi County District Court Wednesday. A jury trial date of November 5th was set for 56-year-old Steven Wood, who remains free without bail. Court records say Wood would call various organizations, pretending to be an organization official, and would ask the organization to send him money from their coffers. Court records say the groups have sent him checks totaling nearly $13,000 up until this past January. A motorcycle group out of Oregon became suspicious and called Willmar police.