New Madrid Co., MO man sentenced for fraud

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM CDT
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NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A New Madrid County, Missouri man was sentenced to two years in prison on multiple charges of fraud.

Bobby David Lowrey was charged with federal crop insurance fraud, theft of government property and wire fraud.

He pleaded guilty in May to 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.

According to court documents, Lowrey owned and operated farms and related businesses in Parma, Mo., including Bobby David Lowrey farms and Lowrey, Inc. of Parm, John Radin Farms and Kathy Ellsworth Farms.

Lowrey put farms in other peoples' names in order to get federal farm subsidy payments that he was not entitled to receive under the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program.

The investigation revealed that John Radin, the alleged operator of Radin Farms, was employed by Bobby David Lowrey and not actively engaged in farming and did not have any financial interest in the farming operations.

Lowrey made false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture pertaining to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program.

From 2007 to 2012, Lowrey got $240,367 in payments in the name of John Radin Farms. Additionally, he had $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.

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

The transmission 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 are not eligible to receive.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General-Investigations, Missouri State Highway Patrol-Rural Crimes Investigative Unit and the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General-Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony L. Franks handled the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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