Crop Insurance Fraud Charges for Paris Farmer

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A Paris farmer has been indicted on crop insurance fraud charges stemming from incidents dating back to 2010.

According to court documents, Keith Foley engaged in crop insurance fraud when he misrepresented his tobacco production to insurance companies to make it appear as though he had sustained a significant crop loss.

The reported “losses” generated large insurance indemnity payouts from the federal government, paid out by the FCIC (Federal Crop Insurance Corporation). Foley faces four counts of making false statements to influence the FCIC.

Foley also faces one count of wire fraud conspiracy. According to the indictment, Foley submitted Tobacco Test Sheets to a private insurance company. The test sheets, which are used to report crop damage, were allegedly altered to corroborate Foley’s claims of a major loss.

Foley could receive up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the wire fraud conspiracy charge, as well as up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each count of making false statements to the FCIC.