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Dairy group, ex-execs to pay $12M in trading probe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The nation's largest dairy cooperative and two former officers have agreed to pay a total of $12 million as part of a federal investigation into a possible price manipulation scheme.

  The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been investigating the Dairy Farmers of America for a series of 2004 trades of cheese futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

  The price of cheese futures can affect milk prices.

 Under the agreement announced Tuesday, a former chief executive of the cooperative, Gary Hanman, and former Chief Financial Officer Gerald Bos will pay part of the penalty.

  The Kansas City-based cooperative said it wasn't admitting or denying wrongdoing but agreed to settle "to put this matter behind us."

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