Missouri farmer charged in organic crop fraud
He allegedly misrepresented corn, soybeans, wheat
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A Missouri farmer is accused of marketing $140 million worth of non-organic crops as organic.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday filed fraud charges against Randy Constant of Chillicothe, MIssouri.
Investigators say Constant marketed non-organic corn, soybeans and wheat as organic over 7½ years.
Constant expected to appear in court Thursday.
Prosecutors say more than 90 percent of his product was non-organic grain purchased from others. Three Nebraska farmers have pleaded guilty in the alleged scheme.
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