Former Jacklin Seed manager pleads guilty in Oregon to conspiracy to commit wire fraud

A Spokane County man has pleaded guilty in Oregon federal court to participating in a wide-ranging fraud scheme while he was working for Jacklin Seed in Liberty Lake, a subsidiary of J.R. Simplot Co. until last year.

Christopher Claypool, 52, was indicted last month in U.S. District Court in Oregon on several counts, including wire fraud, alleging he was part of an elaborate scheme that included selling lower-grade seed for higher prices and pocketing the difference.

Court records indicate Claypool also was using his former position as general manager at Jacklin, a longtime local grass seed company, to use a local travel agency to create marked-up travel itineraries for

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