- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against an Aberdeen man accused of filing false crop insurance claims.

However, 53-year-old Nicholas Berbos has been fined $250,000 for attempting to bribe a witness.

Authorities say Berbos offered extra employment benefits to a worker in return for testimony in connection with the federal investigation. The American News reports (https://bit.ly/1rlXYJ7 ) that Berbos pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and the fine.

Berbos served 76 days in custody after a judge ruled in July that he violated terms of his bond by moving to Florida without notifying court officials or getting their permission.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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