Wisconsin Couple In Serious Dung After Black Market Cow Sales
According to WMTV, "A couple from Clintonville is facing more than 20 years in jail for illegally selling cows. Derek and Kaitryn Van Asten received a series of FSA loans to purchase more than 150 cows between 2008 and 2013 for their dairy business. They pledged the cattle as collateral for the loans. They also received more than 200 cattle from a leasing company in Arizona and Iowa in 2014 and 2015. The Van Astens' sold their FSA cattle and leasing companies cattle to commercial dealers. The criminal complaint says the couple converted the proceeds from that sale to their own use and did not purchase more cattle."
Police say they committed 72 fraudulent cattle-sale transactions involving 339 cattle, including the ones from the loan and leasing company. The couple made more than $400,000.
I am no farmer, so reading all of this is basically like speaking to me in Japanese. I have absolutely no clue what is going on other than the fact that they must have done something illegal.
One would think that doing something like this would require quite a bit of effort to make sure no one found out. I guess they didn't know a paper trail would be easy to find. Good luck in jail y'all.