Man sentenced to prison for money laundering in Deere scrap scheme

prison for money laundering in Deere scrap scheme
prison for money laundering in Deere scrap scheme

WATERLOO – A Cedar Falls man has been sentenced to prison in a scheme that underpaid for scrap metal generated by the local John Deere factory.

Judge Sara Darrow sentenced Patrick D. Williams, 46, to two years and three months in prison on a money laundering charge during a hearing on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Rock Island, Ill., according to court records.

Williams was given until May 22 to turn himself in to begin serving the time, and he will serve two years of supervised release following his prison stint.

Williams, a former Alter Metal Recycling employee, was also ordered to pay $259,132.97 in restitution. Last month, the judge approved a motion to allow Williams to sell some of his property to begin paying down restitution and defraying legal and living expenses. This included a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glider, a Ford F350 pickup truck, two handguns, two shotguns and a rifle.

Williams had pleaded guilty in April 2016 and has been awaiting sentencing since then.

Authorities allege Williams was part of a plot that involved former Deere purchasing supervisor Harvey Ulfers allowing scrap metal to leave the plant with documents that understated its value.

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