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Sentencing in Fraud Scheme Case

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - A northeast Iowa man sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for fabricating grain elevator scale tickets and bankruptcy fraud has lost his sentence appeal.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says 48-year-old Michael Recker was properly sentenced last year to 46 months in prison.

Recker, of Arlington, admitted at sentencing that in 2008 and 2009 he bribed an elevator worker to create false grain tickets then lied to Internal Revenue Service investigators about it. He also admitted he didn't disclose to the bankruptcy court ownership and subsequent sale of a combine for $50,000.

The appeals court judges conclude in a ruling posted Thursday the sentencing judge properly considered Recker's initial denial of his actions and 15 previous convictions for which he was treated leniently by Iowa courts.

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