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Kentucky Crop Insurance Agent Accused of Defrauding Taxpayers

A crop insurance agent in Kentucky is facing federal charges alleging she defrauded taxpayers of $169,000 by helping farmers inflate tobacco crop losses and collect insurance money and then helping them sell their burley at market. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports …

Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced for Federal Crop Insurance Fraud

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mark E. Johnson, 50, a farmer in Dresser, Wis., was sentenced on Feb. 13, 2017, in a federal crop insurance fraud case. During a plea hearing …

Feds Investigating Potential Crop Insurance Fraud in Kentucky

Federal investigators say they believe Central Kentucky tobacco farmers, crop insurance agents, tobacco warehouse owners and others conspired to defraud thousands and possibly millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s program that insures crops. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports …

Feds Want Proceeds from Convicted North Dakota Farmers’ Property Sale

Prosecutors are asking a judge to allow the government to seize money from an auction sale by two North Dakota brothers who were ordered to pay back more than $900,000 for intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal crop insurance payments. …

Fireman’s Fund to Pay $44M to Settle Crop Insurance Fraud Charges

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. has agreed to pay $44 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it knowingly issued insurance policies that were ineligible under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal crop insurance program and falsified …

Insurance Fraud Leads to Prison Sentence for North Dakota Farmers

Two North Dakota brothers have been sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay back more than $900,000 for intentionally destroying potatoes to collect federal farm insurance payments. In separate hearings, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Aaron Johnson to …

North Dakotans Convicted in Crop Insurance Scam Told not to Contact Witnesses

A North Dakota judge has issued an order prohibiting two brothers convicted in a federal crop insurance case from contacting witnesses called by the government. A jury recently found Aaron and Derek Johnson guilty of conspiring to receive illegal payments …

North Dakota Man Charged with Crop Insurance Scam Wants Conviction Excluded

One of two brothers accused of scamming the government out of $2 million in crop insurance payments says a previous conviction should not be allowed as evidence in his trial. Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, who grew potatoes …

North Carolina’s Hagan Amends Senate Farm Bill to Address Crop Fraud

A measure championed by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan adds $5 million in new funding to the 2013 farm bill to help root out crop insurance fraud. The Senate approved Hagan’s amendment last week by a vote of 94-0. The money …