LINCOLN, Neb. — A Norfolk man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud related to a construction scam.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports 47-year-old Bradley Leffers was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $712,066. He also must serve three years of supervised release.

Leffers pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, and in exchange federal prosecutors dismissed six other counts.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in 2013 and 2014, Leffers took money from 17 farmers and ranchers with the promise of building metal structures on their property. He took partial payment but didn’t get material or begin construction.

Most of the victims were in northeast Nebraska.

Leffers lawyer says he got into financial problems and then tried gambling in hopes of hitting it big and repaying his debts.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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