BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal judge has sentenced a North Dakota man to two years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution and fines for defrauding Farm Service Agency.

Brandon Adam Leingang, 33 of Solen, N.D., in November pleaded guilty to conversion of mortgaged or pledged property. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Feb. 23 sentenced Leingang to two years of probation, restitution to be determined within 60 days, a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

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Leingang in 2008 and 2009 signed security agreements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to secure funds to help maintain the family ranch. Leingang listed 101 cows as collateral to secure the loan.

On June 28, 2010, FSA completed a balance sheet which indicated there were 96 cows, and on Nov. 18, 2011, another balance sheet showed 70 cows. Documents revealed Leingang sold multiple heads of cattle on various occasions and did not notify FSA.

The USDA Office of Inspector General investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Hayden prosecuted it.