State suit still pending in grain fraud scheme
Friday, February 26, 2010 | 10:55 a.m. CST
ST. LOUIS — The nine-year federal prison sentence imposed on an eastern Missouri woman for defrauding grain farmers isn't necessarily the end of her legal troubles.
Cathy Gieseker, 45, of Martinsburg, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in November for a Ponzi scheme that defrauded 179 farmers of more than $27 million. She must pay restitution and forfeit property that includes five pieces of land and 22 vehicles.
A state case is still pending against Gieseker. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Attorney General's Office says state prosecutors were awaiting results of the federal sentencing before deciding how to move forward.
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