Feb 10, 2020 4:07 PM

Trego County farmer sentenced for crop insurance fraud

Posted Feb 10, 2020 4:07 PM
Struss photo Trego Co.
Struss photo Trego Co.

WICHITA, KAN. – A Kansas farmer was sentenced today to 30 months for federal crop insurance fraud and bankruptcy fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay $604,303 in restitution.

Kevin W. Struss, 63, Wakeeney, Kan., 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. In fact he made two transfers of $150,000 and $320,000 to another person in 2018.

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Integrated Weed Control Management of Herbicide Resistant Weeds

An Integrated Weed Control Management of Herbicide Resistant Weeds program will be held on Wednesday, February 19th in Great Bend at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th Street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the program starts at 9:00 and concludes at 11:30 a.m. followed by a complimentary noon meal.

Topics will be the role of integrated weed management in controlling difficult weeds, managing multiple herbicide-resistant palmer amaranth, and updates on herbicides and herbicide tolerant traits.

Presenters will be Sarah Lancaster and Vipan Kumar, Extension weed control specialists.

Continuing education units for CCA & Commercial Applicators are available.

RSVP is requested for the meal count by Monday, February 17th call Brenda at the Cottonwood Extension Office 620-793-1910 that’s 793-1910.