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Couple ordered to pay $1.3M for false wool claims

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

ABERDEEN (AP) — A South Dakota judge has ordered an Iowa couple to pay more than $1 million over wool loan deficiency payments received for sheep they didn't own.

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The U.S. attorney's office says Howard "Jack" Aleff and Reena Slominski, of Knoxville, Iowa, submitted 132 false claims for their business, L & J Wool & Fur.

As a result, they got nearly $304,000 from the Farm Services Agency in Iowa and South Dakota.

They earlier pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and were sentenced to probation, fined $60,000 and ordered to repay that amount in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann in Aberdeen has now entered an additional civil judgment of $1.38 million.

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