Cape Girardeau Co. man indicted in federal court on fraud charges

Cape Girardeau Co. man indicted in federal court on fraud charges

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The United States States Attorney is reporting a Cape Girardeau County man has been indicted on multiple charges involving federal crop insurance fraud, theft of government property and wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Bobby David Lowrey, 48, of Parma, Missouri, owned and ran farms and other related businesses in Parma, New Madrid County, Missouri, including Bobby David Lowrey Farms, Bob Lowrey Farms, Lowrey and Lowrey, Inc. of Parma, Missouri, John Radin Farms and Kathy Ellsworth Farms.

The indictment alleges that Lowrey put farms in other people's names in order to receive Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program proceeds he was not eligible to get under the federal government's crop insurance program. The investigation disclosed that John Radin, the alleged operator of Radin Farms, was employed by Lowrey, but did not actively engage in farming and did not have any financial interest in the farming operations.

Lowery made false statements to the United States Department of Agriculture pertaining to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program.

From 2007 to 2012, Lowrey received $240,367 in Direct and Counter-cyclical Payments in the name of John Radin Farms. Additionally, $207,729 worth of Multiple Peril Crop Insurance Indemnities, premium subsidies, and administrative subsidies were paid on behalf of John Radin Farms between 2008 and 2012.

The investigation also revealed that between 2006 and 2011, Lowrey transmitted by wire "Extended Work Search Waivers" to the Missouri Division of Employment Security and reported his employees were on a temporary layoff, when in actuality they were still working and being paid.

The transmissions made to the Missouri Division of Employment Security resulted in more than $60,000 worth of Unemployment Insurance benefits being paid to employees that they not eligible to receive.

Lowery was indicted by a federal grand jury in Cape Girardeau on two felony counts of making false statements regarding crop insurance benefits, one felony count of theft of government property and one felony count of wire fraud.

He appeared for arraignment in federal court today in St. Louis.

If convicted, these charges carry penalties ranging from five to 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.

'In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

We will provide more details as they become available

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