Man Admits to Seed Scam

Man Admits to Seed Scam

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Gunnison man planted himself in jail for his role in a seed scam.

Sixty-five-year-old Boyd Goble pleaded guilty Tuesday to 25 federal felonies for providing falsely labeled saltbush seed to the U-S Bureau of Land Management.

The charges stem from two contracts the B-L-M awarded to Goble Seed Company for about two (m) million dollars that provided 155-thousand pounds of seed for fire-rehabilitation projects.

Goble admitted he delivered seed from the wrong elevations, lower-cost types of seed, included moldy seed, and delivered shipments that were underweight.

Goble faces up to 25 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for fraud charges and for making false statements.

Similar charges against his son have been dropped.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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