Owners of a husband-and-wife dairy operation are accused of defrauding the federal government and two cattle-leasing operations. Derek and Kaitryn Van Asten, of Clintonville, have been indicted in federal court with committing 72 fraudulent sales of cattle for $411,659 and lying in bankruptcy court about cattle transactions. The Van Asten Dairy got a series of federal Farm Service Agency loans to buy 173 cows, which they pledged as collateral for the loans, according to the six-count indictment. They also leased 236 head of cattle from two companies from Arizona and Iowa, the indictment says. In 2014 and 2015, through 72 transactions, they sold 339 of the cattle that they falsely represented as unencumbered property, the indictment says. In December 2015, they falsely claimed in bankruptcy court that there had been no changes to statements they had made earlier in their bankruptcy petition, when, in fact, they had made several cattle sales, the indictment says. Their case is headed to trial on May 18.