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Actor Kiefer Sutherland was among cattle customers roped into an alleged scam that netted more than one million US dollars, it has emerged.

US prosecutors said Michael Wayne Carr, of Linden, had agreements to buy steers in Mexico for his customers and sell them for profit in the United States.

Carr allegedly took 869,000 US dollars (£538,000) from Sutherland, star of the hit TV show 24, and 177,000 US dollars (£109,000) from a New Mexico couple.

Prosecutors say there is no record Carr bought the steers, and say he sold steers that did not belong to him.

Carr is charged with 12 offences, including grand theft, forgery and embezzlement. He was scheduled for a hearing on Monday, but a judge postponed it to February 8 after his attorney was removed.

If convicted on all charges, he faces 18 years in prison.