Kansas farmer forced to repay government $600,000 for crop insurance fraud


A Kansas farmer will be forced pay restitution of more than $600,000 and spend 30 months in prison after being sentenced for defrauding federal crop insurance Monday.

Kevin Struss, 63, admitted in a plea deal that he defrauded the USDA’s crop insurance program, according to the Wichita Eagle. He did so by under-reporting his crop yieled, he also admitted to lying on his bankruptcy filing.

Prosecutors were attempting to get Struss to pay more than $2 million in fines and $1.2 million in fines.