Nebraska sheep farmer indicted on federal bank fraud counts

RAVENNA, Neb. -- A Nebraska sheep farmer faces decades in prison after being indicted on six federal counts of bank fraud.

43-year-old Brooks Duester, of Ravenna, was charged last week in a six-count indictment for actions he's accused of taking between 2017 and 2018.

Federal prosecutors say Duester got lines of credit and loans from Ashton State Bank for buying livestock by falsely reporting the number of livestock he already had and failing to report his income.

Prosecutors say Duester wouldn't allow bank inspectors or the Farm Service Agency to access his pastures.

If convicted, Duester faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each count.