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Kiefer Sutherland caught up in alleged cattle-selling scam

January 26, 2010 |  6:51 pm

Kiefer mob Time to circle the wagons. Kiefer Sutherland has been kicked in the financial teeth to the tune of $869,000 in an alleged cattle-investment operation gone awry, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office. 

That's a decent-sized dent, even for a guy who's finishing out a $40-million, three-year contract on the hit show "24."

Through a financial adviser, Sutherland became involved with suspect Michael Wayne Carr, who allegedly promised to buy cattle in Mexico and resell them in the U.S. for a profit. Though the money was transferred, prosecutors said, there is no evidence any cattle buying or selling took place.

A New Mexico couple lost their $177,000 investment, a Colorado cattle mover lost $400,000 worth of livestock that had been in Carr's care, and a man from Escalon, Calif., came forward to say that he'd loaned 54 cattle to Carr but had yet to get them back or get paid for them, prosecutors said.

Carr, a cattle manager and competitive steer-roping promoter, is expected to be arraigned Feb. 8 on 12 felony charges, among them multiple counts of grand theft, forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money by false pretenses and falsifying corporate books. 

The TV-terrorist-tush kicker -- who in the '90s was involved with competitive roping -- has been "very friendly and helpful" with the investigation, a prosecutor told People magazine. Good thing Jack Bauer is only a character, yes?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. If you're a fan of Sutherland or of "24," you might enjoy this 2009 Men's Vogue article we stumbled across while assembling this post. Nothing breaking-newsy, just a good read.

Photo: Kiefer Sutherland deals with a herd of reporters, above, after participating in a panel discussion at the  Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena on Jan. 11. Below, the actor Jan. 14 at the New York premiere of the eighth season of "24." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, above; Charles Sykes / Associated Press, below.

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