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Man Who Falsely Claimed Cattle Losses Gets 1 Year in Prison

Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 Southwest of Faith, SD of a 500 lb. calf who perished in the storm
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A rancher has been sentenced in South Dakota to one year in prison after admitting that he falsely claimed losing over a hundred cattle during the autumn blizzard of 2013.

Twenty-eight-year-old Karl Knutson, formerly of Vale, has also been ordered to spend three years on supervised release and pay a fine of more than $7,300.

Authorities say Knutson submitted a claim to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May 2014 for the loss of 129 head of cattle even though he actually lost at most 13. The October 2013 blizzard left ranchers reeling with financial losses.

Knutson pleaded guilty in November as part of a deal with prosecutors. Under the agreement, a false statement count was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended that Knutson be sentenced to probation and fines.

Court records show Knutson recently relocated to western North Dakota.

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