A man who spent the money from a federal loan intended to buy cattle for his personal expenses, including gambling and alcohol, was sentenced on October 4 to 10 months in federal prison.
Briar Robert Detwiler, 26, of Bellevue, was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty on March 23 to one count of converting property pledged to a farm credit agency.
Information from a plea deal and at sentencing showed that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Services Agency approved Detwiler’s $ 50,000 loan request to purchase 50 calves from butcher shop in December 2017. Detwiler then requested a disbursement of $ 9,000 from the funds, falsely stating that the money was for the purchase of livestock. Detwiler immediately spent the $ 9,000 on building materials for his personal residence.
Detwiler then requested the remaining $ 41,000 of the loan funds. Of these funds, Detwiler spent $ 32,230.08 on 35 head of cattle. Detwiler spent the remaining funds on gambling, bars, and food.
In October and November 2018, Detwiler sold 22 head of cattle for $ 33,976.41. As Detwiler later admitted, instead of repaying the loan, Detwiler spent all the proceeds he received from selling cattle in a casino and bars.
Detwiler was sentenced to Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge CJ Williams. Detwiler was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He was ordered to pay $ 52,684.38 in restitution to the Farm Service Agency. He must also serve a three-year period of supervised release after the prison sentence.
There is no parole in the federal system.
Detwiler has been released from the previously set bail and is due to surrender to the United States Marshal on October 18.
The case was continued by Assistant United States Attorney Kyndra Lundquist and was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture.