A former attorney will spend one to 15 years in prison for defrauding Fillmore area dairy farmers and violating his probation.
Jamis Johnson, 60, was ordered to go to prison in 4th District Court earlier this month.
In March 2007, Johnson was convicted by a jury on a count of securities fraud for offering American-Dairy.com stock to Fillmore-area farmers in exchange for control over their farms.
Utah Attorney General's Office prosecutors proved at the trial that Johnson and co-defendant Paul Schwenke exchanged the stock for the farms and then used the properties as collateral for bank loans.
Johnson and Schwenke personally used the money, and the farms ended up in foreclosure, according to a news release from the A.G.'s Office.
Johnson was allowed probation if he would get an independent job, report regularly to a probation officer and not associate or work with felons. But probation officers discovered Johnson continued to work and associate with Schwenke, the A.G.'s Office said.
Schwenke also was convicted of securities fraud in the same case. He recently was sent back to prison also for violating his parole by failing to get a job and not paying restitution, the news release said. In May, the Utah Board of Pardons decided not to consider him for release until May 2017.