Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conversion of Mortgaged Property

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Glenham area resident has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of Conversion of Farm Service Agency Mortgaged Property.  25-year-old Wroper Kosel of Bismarck, North Dakota appeared in court before U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange last Tuesday, March 26 to plead guilty to the charge.  Kosel ran a cow-calf operation near Glenham and was initially indicted by a federal grand jury November 15 of last year for Misuse of Farm Service Agency Loans, Conversation of Farm Service Agency Mortgaged property, and Making False Statements to Farm Service Agency.   Kosel’s guilty plea is linked to his actions in March of 2010 involving the unlawful conversion of nine mortgaged cattle for his own use.  The cattle were said to be security for loans Kosel had with Farm Service Agency and had a value of over $1,000.  Kosel will be sentenced on June 10, and faces a maximum penalty of five years of custody, a $250,000 fine or both.  Restitution may also be ordered.  Kosel was released on bond until the June sentencing date.

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