Fraud charges dropped against Aberdeen farmer, but $250,000 fine levied on bribe attempt count


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ABERDEEN, South Dakota — Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against an Aberdeen man accused of filing false crop insurance claims.

However, 53-year-old Nicholas Berbos has been fined $250,000 for attempting to bribe a witness.

Authorities say Berbos offered extra employment benefits to a worker in return for testimony in connection with the federal investigation. The American News reports ( ) that Berbos pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and the fine.

Berbos served 76 days in custody after a judge ruled in July that he violated terms of his bond by moving to Florida without notifying court officials or getting their permission.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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