Wakeeney farmer guilty of insurance and bankruptcy fraud

Steve Boyer
October 22, 2019 - 11:16 am

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 63 year-old Kevin W. Struss of Wakeeney  pleaded guilty to one count of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop insurance program, which provides government insurance against unavoidable crop losses. He made false statements in which he under-reported his total 2015 corn crop by approximately 23,524 bushels, and his total sorghum/milo crop by 31,208 bushels.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud. He falsely answered “no” to a question in his bankruptcy filing about whether he had transferred property to anyone else recently. He made two transfers of $150,000 and $320,000 to another person in 2018.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 21. He could face a sentence up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the crop insurance count. He could face a sentence of up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the bankruptcy count.

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