- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota judge has ordered an Iowa couple to pay more than $1 million over wool loan deficiency payments received for sheep they didn’t own.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Howard “Jack” Aleff and Reena Slominski, of Knoxville, Iowa, submitted 132 false claims for their business, L & J Wool & Fur.

As a result, they got nearly $304,000 from the Farm Services Agency in Iowa and South Dakota.

They earlier pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and were sentenced to probation, fined $60,000 and ordered to repay that amount in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann in Aberdeen has now entered an additional civil judgment of $1.38 million.

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