A northern Missouri man was sentenced to two years in prison without parole for cattle fraud schemes that cost his victims $262,000.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 22-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, also was ordered to pay restitution.
Nelson admitted that he sold at least 114 mortgaged cattle that were pledged to the Farm Service Agency and spent funds for himself, rather than remitting sale proceeds to the FSA. He also received two loans to buy and raise cattle but then sold livestock under different names to keep the proceeds.
Nelson also removed identification from cattle that were owned by others. He commingled the cattle with his own and with those owned by his neighbor and landlord, in order to sell livestock undetected.