- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Waukee farmer has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and must repay the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than $321,000 after pleading guilty to making false statements to obtain a farm loan.

Donald Lynn Embree pleaded guilty in September in federal court in Des Moines acknowledging he obtained three loans from the Commodity Credit Corp. in March 2015 by falsely certifying he had corn and soybeans stored on his farm to serve as collateral for the loans.

U.S. Attorney Kevin VanderSchel says Embree entered a plea agreement that says he had sold much of the grain before the loans were approved and did not have the grain to pledge as collateral.

Embree also must serve three years of probation after his sentence.

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