A Former Grain Elevator Employee Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Fabricate False Grain Elevator Scale Tickets
Contact: Peter Deegan
A former grain elevator employee who conspired to create false grain elevator scale tickets pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Brad Haberman, age 23, from Northwood, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiring to fabricate false grain elevator scale tickets.
Haberman worked for a company that owned and operated grain elevators in Northern Iowa. At the plea hearing and in a written plea agreement, Haberman admitted that in 2008 and 2009, he accepted bribes from another person to create false and fictitious grain elevator scale tickets. Haberman fabricated eight false grain elevator tickets, accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange. The grain elevator paid Haberman’s co-conspirator more than $20,000 based on the false grain elevator tickets.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Haberman remains free on bond pending sentencing. Haberman faces a possible maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 12-cr-2006-LRR.