Ravenna man gets probation, minor jail time for bank fraud in sheep breeding operation
LINCOLN — A Ravenna man will spend some weekends in jail after officials say he made false claims about his sheep operation in order to defraud a bank.
A United States District Judge sentenced 44-year-old Brooks Duester to five years of federal probation and 10 weekends of intermittent confinement in a hearing on Monday.
A news release says Duester pleaded guilty in April to defrauding Ashton State Bank. Officials say he misrepresented the number of sheep in his breeding operation. He also told the bank that more than 1,000 sheep had died over a six-month period, when he had actually sold the sheep and kept the money instead of repaying his loan.
The judge ordered Duester to pay full restitution of nearly $570,000 to the bank.
The United States Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.