LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Another Central Kentucky farmer has pleaded guilty in a crop insurance fraud scheme that a federal prosecutor has called “pervasive and severe” in that region.
Daniel Arvin pleaded guilty on Dec. 19 in federal court in Lexington to a conspiracy charge after admitting he claimed damage to his tobacco crop and then sold thousands of pounds of leaf under his mother’s name, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
Arvin’s case is one of more than half a dozen prosecuted in the region over the last two years as part of a larger investigation. It includes the case of Debra Muse, whose conduct prosecutors said caused the government to make $5.9 million in crop-loss payments in just two years.
The investigation of Muse, who sold crop insurance and worked at a tobacco warehouse in Mount Sterling, found dozens of farmers received false documentation to support insurance claims, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn M. Anderson said in a memo.
Muse pleaded guilty in April 2018 to taking part in false crop-loss claims and generating fake paperwork to help justify those claims. U.S. District Judge Joseph Hood sentenced Muse to five years in prison and ordered her to…
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