ABERDEEN — William T. “Tommy” Tacker has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi.
Tacker was convicted in February in federal court in Aberdeen.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson sentenced Tacker yesterday.
The government says 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. He is awaiting sentencing.
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