Tacker found guilty of bilking USDA
ABERDEEN — William T. “Tommy” Tacker has been convicted of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi.
Tacker was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Aberdeen and faces up to 50 years in prison.
Testimony began Monday in the case of the 56-year-old Tacker, who faced 10 counts of conspiracy, fraud and wrongful profiting.
The government said Tacker and a Tennessee attorney, H. Max Speight, filed false statements to obtain money for a biofuels business they operated in Nettleton.
Speight and Tacker were partners in the operation, Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc., which went bankrupt in 2006.
Speight had already pleaded guilty to one count, according to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He is awaiting sentencing.
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