A farmer in New Hampshire has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing $10.5 million from a farm in southern New Hampshire.
Yoshimitsu Nakamura, 53, was arrested in September 2015 after authorities said he tried to cover up his actions by making up his story of a theft.
He was sentenced in federal court in Nashua on Wednesday.
In court, the judge told Nakamura he had a right to a fair trial, and told him he would have to explain to the court why he took the money.
“You were under a false impression,” Judge Susan Moulton told him.
“You believed it was going to be paid for by the federal government, and you didn’t know it was being paid for with your own money.”
Nakamura had pleaded not guilty.
His attorney said his client was remorseful and had made a conscious effort to make up his own account, but his actions “were not in keeping with a farmer’s life”.
“I believe Mr Nakamura regrets his actions, but I don’t believe that he is guilty,” said attorney Jeffery Nussbaum.
“He was a good, honest and hard-working farmer.
He has the best of intentions, and he is trying to do right by his family.”
A lawyer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New England declined to comment on the case.
Nakimura was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.