BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Two Allen County, Kentucky, farmers are expected to plead guilty to charges of crop insurance fraud in Allen County and two other counties, which may be located in Tennessee.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, brothers David Manion and Henry Manion will make their initial appearance in a Bowling Green courtroom on June 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers.
Both men were recently charged separately by federal Informations with crop insurance fraud announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
According to the separate federal Informations, David Manion, 53, and Henry Manion, 48, aided and abetted by others, knowingly made false statements and reports on applications for insurance. Both defendants allegedly made false statements for the purpose of influencing the actions (insurance payments) of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Producers Agriculture Insurance Company, a company insured by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
The alleged violations by Henry Manion occurred between August 10, 2009, and February 14, 2012, in the Western District of Kentucky, Allen County, Kentucky, and elsewhere. The alleged violations by David Manion occurred between August 25, 2009, and February 7, 2012, in the Western District of Kentucky, Allen County, Kentucky, and elsewhere.
If convicted at trial, the defendants each face no more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 and a five year period of supervised release.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and are being investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG).