A south-central Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to a cattle rustling scheme that totaled nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
The acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri has announced that 48-year-old Allen John Foos of Smithfield has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison. Foos has also been ordered to pay $244,676 in restitution to his victims.
According to the U.S. Attorney office, Foos used an alias to order cattle from the Callaway Livestock Center in Kingdom City, MO through middlemen. In some cases, Foos obtained cattle then sold them without paying the sale barn. Foos, at times, would pay the sale barn with proceeds from a later transaction.
In one instance, Foos bought 167 head of cattle using the alias J&M Cattle Company of Shelton, KN. His $116,944 check bounced. He later paid $49,995 by wire transfer. The balance was never paid.