A man from central Minnesota has been sentenced to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution and serve community service after defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The incident reportedly took place in 2017 and 2018.

Robert Anderson, 67, of Becker, reportedly used false statements to obtain five Commodity Credit Corporation loans through a loan program administered by the Farm Service Agency.

In late 2018, the FSA conducted a spot check and discovered bins of corn Anderson had pledged as collateral for three of the loans were almost empty.  He reportedly sold the corn under a family member's name.

Anderson has been sentenced to pay $1.4 million. He must also serve 150 hours of community service, and be on three years of probation.