COLUMBUS, Neb. -- A man from Columbus was found guilty of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said 66-year-old Jerald Schreiber, of Columbus, was found guilty on Friday after a four-day jury trial in federal court in Omaha. He was convicted of mail fraud and two counts of making false statements to a government entity. Schreiber’s sentencing is set for Aug. 4, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.

According to court documents, Schreiber made fraudulent applications to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Farm Service Agency’s 2018 market facilitation program. Schreiber falsified on two applications the number of hogs he had at his farms.

Officials said on an application for one of his farms, he said that he had 9,079 hogs. Schreiber was mailed approximately $72,631 as a result. On an application for a different farm, he said he had 8,194 hogs which resulted Schreiber receiving approximately $65,682.

Authorities said both of these farms had far less hogs than Schreiber claimed. By enlarging the number of hogs, Schreiber got more money than he was supposed to. Once he got the larger payments, he deposited them into checking accounts.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.