Farmer sentenced

Farmer gets prison term for insurance and bankruptcy fraud.
The Wakneeney man admitted to fraudulently claiming $600,000 in insurance benefits.


State News

February 11, 2020 - 10:22 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas farmer was sentenced Monday to 2.5 years in prison for federal crop insurance fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

Kevin Struss, 63, of Wakeeney, was also ordered to pay $604,303 in restitution.

Struss pleaded guilty in October 2019 to defrauding the federal crop insurance program. He under-reported his 2015 corn and sorghum crops by a total of about 54,730 bushels, prosecutors said. The crops were insured with a federal subsidy, meaning Struss received crop insurance benefit he was not entitled to.

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