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BOISE MAN SENTENCED FOR ALTERING RECORDS

A Boise man has been fined $3,000 and sentenced to probation and 500 hours of community service for cooking the books at his bean warehouse in Filer.

But Jerry Hawkins said he failed because he tried to help farmers through lean times.Hawkins had pleaded guilty to two felony counts of altering the corporate records of his Filer warehouse in May 1988. Farmers were left short an estimated 12 million pounds of beans when the warehouse failed.

The 55-year-old former Buhl resident on Monday told 3rd District Judge Gerald Weston he only wanted to give farmers a little more money for their beans.

"Farmers don't need benevolence. They don't need a Santa Claus," Weston told Hawkins. "They expect you to be honest, and you're not honest."

Dishonesty wasn't enough to justify a prison sentence, Weston said. He gave Hawkins an unspecified probation term after suspending a one- to five-year prison term.

Hawkins will also pay a $3,000 fine, another $4,000 to the state for an accountant who tried to sort out the warehouse's books and 500 hours of community service.