BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A modern-day cattle rustler is serving more than three years in jail after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud 13 ranchers out of more than $2 million.

A federal judge in Vermont this week sentenced 28-year-old Jason Amidon of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, to 38 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $145,000 in restitution.

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Federal prosecutors say Amidon brokered fake contracts and paid with counterfeit checks for the purchase and sale of cattle from 13 ranchers across the country, including two in Vermont.

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Authorities say he gave a Lyndonville farmer a counterfeit check for $100,000 for 55 Belted Galloway cattle and calves, then sold the cattle for beef — contrary to his representations they were going to a farm in Minnesota.

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