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Fraudulent cattle broker sentenced

RONAN — A Ronan man who took money for the sale of cattle and land but never delivered received a suspended sentence of 10 years and was ordered to pay $191,920 in restitution.

In Lake County District Court on July 30, Andrew Jackson, 29, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for felony deceptive practices and ordered to pay $105,000 to one Charlo victim and $86,920 to another, plus a $19,192 administration fee.

The two victims had wired checks in March and May of 2013, for which Jackson, acting as a livestock broker, agreed to purchase 120 cow/calf pairs and three bulls. Jackson told the two buyers that he had purchased the cattle and “secured favorable pasture” for them, yet Jackson had never bought the livestock or land. He had used the money to pay off other debts. The entire time Jackson was acting as a livestock broker, he was never licensed or bonded as required by law.

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