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farmer receives sentence for transporting stolen goods

June 4, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced JAMES HOWARD WINSLOW, 69, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to one year home confinement and five years probation.  The Court reasoned that in imposing this sentence WINSLOW could remain working to continue to make restitution to the victims.  Approximately $1.3 million has been paid  toward the total restitution of $6,952,905.00.

On August 3, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment, and on October 31, 2011, WINSLOW pled guilty to  transportation of stolen goods in interstate commerce. 

According to the investigation, WINSLOW was a long-time farmer and grain dealer in the Elizabeth City area.  In 2009, WINSLOW began to experience severe financial difficulties because of setbacks in his farming operations. 

In August, 2009, the victim of this offense, a farmer from nearby Gates County, entered into to a storage contract with WINSLOW.  Pursuant to the terms of this contract, WINSLOW agreed to store 450,000 bushels of the victim’s corn and soybeans, worth $7,000,000.00, in WINSLOW’S grain elevators.  Because this was only a storage contract, all rights, title, and interest in the corn and soybeans remained with the victim. 

Nevertheless, between October, 2009 and February, 2010, WINSLOW transported the victim’s corn and soybeans across state lines and sold it to a grain dealer in Virginia, without the victim’s knowledge or consent.  The proceeds from the sales of the victim’s corn and soybeans were used by WINSLOW to satisfy some of his creditors, and to finance his own ongoing farming operations. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Evan Rikhye represented the government.









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