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Feds Award Money to Sheriff's Office in Dubuque Farm Meat Scheme

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The sale of a farm linked to a stolen meat scheme will benefit the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office.

Federal authorities awarded more than $742,000 to the office Friday, the proceeds of a forfeiture action brought in connection with a scheme in 2006 and 2007 to steal meat from interstate trucking shipments and resell it.

Four Dubuque-area residents were convicted and sentenced to prison for their role in stealing the meat from a storage facility in East Dubuque and reselling it.

Prosecutors say the rural Dubuque farm was owned by a trucker and used to unload and store stolen cases of meat, which were resold to residents and businesses for cheap.

The owners of the farm had agreed to forfeit their interest in the property as part of a plea agreement.

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