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Missouri Farmer Charged in $140M Organic Grain Fraud Scheme

December 20, 2018 from Manufacturing.net:

A Missouri farmer and businessman, Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri, was charged with ripping off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains. He was "was charged with one count of wire fraud. He is expected to plead guilty during a hearing that is scheduled at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday."
"The charging document calls on Constant to forfeit $128 million to the government along with his interest in 70 pieces of farm machinery and equipment."
"Constant was the owner of Organic Land Management, which held certifications through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grow organic corn and soybeans on farms in Missouri and Nebraska. He was also the owner of Jericho Solutions, which operated in Ossian, Iowa, and sold and marketed grain labeled as organic to customers nationwide."
"Constant told customers his grain was certified organic because some of it had been grown on his farms in Missouri and Nebraska. But the charging document alleges that at least 90 percent of the grain being sold was non-organic grain that he either grew himself elsewhere or bought from other farmers."
"Constant was aware that farmers he purchased from used unapproved substances, including pesticides and nitrogen, to grow their crops."

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