Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A defense lawyer says three Nebraska farmers charged in an organic grain fraud scheme were working under a Missouri businessman who marketed ordinary corn and soybeans as organic.

Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Michael Potter pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to wire fraud.

Prosecutors say each received $2.5 million from 2010 to 2017 from sales of corn and soybeans falsely marketed as certified organic.

Potter’s attorney Clarence Mock says the scheme was led by Randy Constant, president of Jericho Solutions, Inc., who bought and sold their crops.

Constant, of Chillicothe, Missouri, hasn’t been charged but the investigation is ongoing. Court documents refer to the owner of a company initialed “J.S.” as a co-conspirator.

Constant didn’t immediately return phone messages.

Associated Press

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